The Framing of Evidence and Argument - Dave Cournoyer, Roberta Laurie





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Published on Dec 13, 2013

A presentation at FACTS, FICTIONS, and the POLITICS of TRUTH.

Parkland Institute 2013 Conference.


Sun, November 24, 2013 | 10:30 pm, CCIS, room 1-160

Dave Cournoyer
How does manipulation of dialogue influence public perception and debate?

This presentation will examine how Canada's conservative movement has shaped the debate around public policy issues and helped create a political environment where conservative politicians can thrive.

DAVE COURNOYER is a writer and political observer based in Edmonton. He currently works as a communications advisor with the United Nurses of Alberta and is publisher of the political blog, daveberta.ca. In 2012, the global public relations company Hill & Knowlton recognized Dave as one of Alberta's most influential Tweeters. His interests include provincial politics in Alberta and the study of the conservative movement in Canada.

Roberta Laurie
The Framing of "Ethical Oil" and Discourse Surrounding the Alberta Oil Sands

With the publication of his book, Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada's Oil Sands, Ezra Levant popularized the term, "ethical oil," and created a powerful frame that has since been used by the oil and gas industry, Conservative politicians and right-wing pundits to characterize the Alberta oil sands. We may not hear the term as often as we did in the wake of the book's release, but much of Levant's framing and rhetoric has stuck. Roberta Laurie will discuss the results of her research on the framing of "ethical oil."

ROBERTA LAURIE is a recent graduate of the MA in Environmental Education and Communication Program at Royal Roads University where she wrote her thesis on the framing of "ethical oil." She teaches in the Bachelor of Communication Studies Program at MacEwan University and is currently writing her second book, Touching This Storied Land: Navigating the Narratives and Debate that Surround the Alberta Oil Sands.

Conference Video sponsored by:
Health Sciences Association of Alberta

With additional support from:
United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401

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