Nelson Political Science Guide

The following material is provided by Nelson/Cengage as a companion resource to your texts.

Internet news sources range from Web sites provided by traditional media corporations and special Web-based news enterprises, to sites created by journalism schools or other individuals interested in covering news issues. In addition, the Internet offers some unique news-gathering opportunities in the form of dedicated news search engines and “push” services that deliver to individual users news stories just on their areas of interest. This section of the Nelson Political Science guide provides links to many different news sources.

Most major newspapers and magazines now offer selected stories from their current day’s edition free on the Web for any user to read. There are also several Internet-based news providers. Some require a free registration to access their site, while others provide an expanded set of stories and services to paying subscribers. Some radio and TV broadcasters also provide video clips or simultaneous broadcasts over the Internet. Visit some of the following sites for an insight into the top stories of interest across Canada and around the world.

Before you decide on what sources of news you will rely on, check the page on sources of information.

Canadian On-line Broadcasts

The CBC provides a general news site covering Canadian and international news items, complete with video clips of news items. Coverage of specific issues is also found in the CBC Archives and in the News-In-Depth Section, where you can find a collection of reports on past news stories on some major issues.
CBC Radio* provides live, simultaneous broadcasts of the stereo and regular CBC networks over the Internet.
CTV News also hosts a full featured news site with a searchable archive of news stories and video clips.

Canadian News Sources

CANOE – the Canadian News OnLine Explorer provides access to two very useful sites: 24-Hour News and their Money News Online.
The Calgary Herald covers the news from Calgary, Alberta.
Canadian Public Affairs Channel provides coverage of debates in the House of Commons as well as other political meetings and conferences.
Canwest Global’s provides links to the many newspapers that Canwest owns, as well as to the Gloabl Televsion network stories.* is a news portal for French language media in Quebec.
The Daily Gleaner – from Fredericton, New Brunswick
Evening Telegram – from St. John’s, Newfoundland
The Globe and Mail – a nationally distributed newspaper from Toronto
The Halifax Herald publishes two daily newspapers in Nova Scotia
The Hill Times provides weekly news on politics and Parliament.
The Leader-Post* – published in Regina
Maclean’s magazine – a Toronto-based magazine that publishes topical and political news across Canada
The Montreal Gazette – the main English-language paper in Quebec
The National Post – Canada’s newest national newspaper
The Nunatsiaq News – a weekly paper that covers events in the Eastern Arctic – translations of news stories from Quebec newspapers
The Toronto Star – a Toronto-based newspaper
The Vancouver Sun and The Province  are two papers published by Pacific Press in Vancouver.
The Winnipeg Free Press – the main newspaper in Manitoba
The Yukon News* posts top stories for issues going back to 1996.

International Media

ABC News – the network’s news site
Annova – from the UK, featuring the world’s first virtual newscaster
Asia Business News* – political and business news around Asia
British Broadcasting Corp. – news site supporting its TV, Radio, and World services
CBS News – international and American news from the CBS network
The Christian Science Monitor Electronic Edition
CNN is the Internet site for the CNN cable TV news channel. CNN and Time magazine also run the All Politics news site.
The Economist – news and commentary about events around the world
The Electronic Telegraph – on-line version of this British newspaper
The Indian Express Group – news from India in the Indian Express and the Financial Express
Interfax News Agency – news from and about Russia
The Irish Times – news from Ireland
The Jerusalem Post – Israeli and Middle Eastern news
Le Monde – Paris-based newspaper site, en français.
The London Guardian/Observer – the site for two of Britain’s leading papers
Los Angeles Times
Mail & Guardian – South African news
MSNBC – a collaborative effort of NBC and Microsoft
New York Times
Russia Today – news and opinion polls from Russia
The Sydney Morning Herald – daily news from Down Under
TIME Magazine
USA Today
Washington Post – International Section
You can also visit Yahoo!’s World News Site, where you will find the latest headlines and links to a number of news agencies.

Alternative News On The Internet

Drudge Report
Frank Magazine*


Several companies provide a service that selects news stories from categories that specifically interest you. The following services all offer slightly different coverage and methods of delivery.

Backweb provides about 40 “channels” of different kinds of news that are delivered to your computer.
CRAYON allows you to CReAte Your Own Newspaper, with material drawn from hundreds of on-line news sources.
MyYahoo! has a customizable personal page you can set up to deliver the news you’re interested in.
NewsTrawler allows you to search for news, magazines, and journal archives from news sources around the world.

Public Opinion Polls

The Library of Parliament has published an interesting research paper on Public Opinion Polling in Canada.

Public Opinion Polling Agencies:

Centre for the Study of Democracy – Queen’s University contains a searchable archive of opinion poll results from Decima, Environics, and CROP. Please note that access to these databases is limited

Institute for Social Research at York University provides reports and survey data for a range of social and political projects.