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Oct 21, 2016 — Stockwatch

Post says Quebecor, others see Blais talk Netflix tax

The Financial Post reports that CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais is surprised Canada has not placed a sales tax on foreign video streaming services like Netflix, a move the Liberal government seems to be inching toward despite previous promises not to do so

Oct 21, 2016 — Motherboard

Give Even More Power to Canada's Big Telecoms, Think Tank Says by Jordan Pearson

A new report from Macdonald-Laurier Institute says the CRTC should get out of the business of regulating telecom prices and competition entirely.

Oct 21, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Liberals avoid scrutiny for contentious cash-for-access fundraisers by Robert Fife and Steven Chase

Columnist says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has handed the duty of enforcing new rules for lobbying and political fundraisers to a department that directly reports to him, meaning that exclusive Liberal Party fundraisers with senior cabinet ministers as the prize attraction escape the scrutiny of the ethics commissioner.

Oct 20, 2016 — Inside Halton

Local news a "responsibility," says CRTC

CRTC Chairman says TV stations have a responsibility to produce local news, even if it hurts their bottom line.

Oct 18, 2016 — The Tyee

Memo to Trudeau: CBC Earns Our Tax Money, Corporate Media Does Not by Shannon Rupp

Columnist says Newspapers Canada would have you believe that their aggressive bid for more government subsidies is about funding journalism, but the facts suggest that the newspapers’ executives are just looking for a new source of revenue to keep their investors rich and happy as they kill jobs.

Oct 18, 2016 —

Kim's Convenience and Canadian television’s diversity problem by Lucas Costello

The CBC’s new sitcom is the first mainstream Canadian show with an Asian lead cast — which, Lucas Costello argues, says a lot about how far behind the network and Canadian television at large are in reflecting the population.

Oct 16, 2016 — CBC News

Netflix hammers cross-border watchers and there may be no way out by Sophia Harris

Some unblocking companies that help customers hop Netflix borders are in retreat.

Oct 14, 2016 — Globe & Mail

What is a country’s cultural landscape without critics? by Stephen Hunt

Columnist says the Trudeau government’s $1.5-billion commitment to culture in Canada may not be so wonderful without critics to offer critical discourse.

Oct 13, 2016 — Coast Reporter

Ottawa gets message that local news matters by Peter Kvarnstrom

Columnist speaks about why local journalism matters.

Oct 11, 2016 — iPolitics

CBC and the clickbait wars by Stephen Maher

Columnist explores whether public money is squeezing out independent journalism.

Oct 11, 2016 — Alternet

Trump Campaign Exposes Crisis Facing American Journalism by Jim Sleeper

Columnist says media critics should stop letting their colleagues off the hook in explaining what's happening to us.

Oct 9, 2016 — Globe & Mail

New funding rules for Canadian television draw ire by Ian Bailey

If new funding rules for the production of Canadian television were in place years ago, Simon Barry fears he wouldn’t have kept his job as executive producer on his made-in-Vancouver TV series Continuum.

Oct 8, 2016 — CBC News

Trudeau government OK's tax credit for TV talk shows by Elizabeth Thompson

Heritage Minister says opening tax credits to the talk show genre will stimulate job creation in the sector.

Oct 7, 2016 — North Shore News

Ottawa gets message that local news matters by Peter Kvarnstrom

Columnist says local journalism speaks directly to readers about their community and their neighbourhood. 

Oct 5, 2016 — Concordia

How the performing arts can set the stage for more developed brain pathways by Cléa Desjardins

Concordia research shows the positive, but different, cognitive effects of dance and music training.

Oct 4, 2016 — TV Junkies

CRTC Survey: Canadian TV Showrunners & Writers on New Cancon Requirements by Bridget Liszewski

Creative speak about the impact of the CRTC loosening the points system for gaining access to production funding.

Oct 3, 2016 — J-Source

Owning up to mistakes is a way to build trust with readers by Kirk LaPointe

Columnist says if journalists were more candid with their audience about their challenges in gathering and providing information, they wouldn’t lose trust but restore it.

Oct 3, 2016 — PressGazette

Helen Boaden speaks up for 'slow news' as she steps down after 34 years at the BBC by Freddy Mayhew

Outgoing BBC director of radio Helen Boaden has said she values “slow news” and questioned whether the media does enough to “explain and explore” in today’s fast-paced environment.

Sep 27, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Netflix's Ted Sarandos Responds to Claims of Curtailed Creative Freedom by Georg Szalai

Netflix is on track to double its original programming output as it has done in recent years and is adding new genres, especially unscripted programming, such as competition shows.

Sep 26, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Heritage Minister says she will not reverse Cancon rules for TV industry by Ian Bailey

Federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly says Canada’s TV production sector, alarmed at new CRTC regulations that reduce the need to hire Canadians to obtain funding, should not count on her for any immediate help to reverse the situation.

Sep 23, 2016 — News Article

Trost's views a pathetic embarrassment by Murray Mandryk

Columnist says that Brad Trost’s Conservative leadership bid is quickly becoming an embarrassment to his federal party isn’t really the problem.

Sep 22, 2016 — J-Source

Looking beyond philanthrojournalism by Patricia W. Elliott

Columnist says Ottawa shouldn’t be let off the hook of a historically-mandated commitment to ensure Canadians enjoy equitable cross-country access to media that reflects our lives.

Sep 22, 2016 — J-Source

Looking beyond philanthrojournalism by Patricia W. Elliott

Columnist says Ottawa shouldn’t be let off the hook of a historically-mandated commitment to ensure Canadians enjoy equitable cross-country access to media that reflects our lives.

Sep 22, 2016 — J-Source

New UBC international reporting project challenges parachute model of journalism by H.G. Watson

A new University of British Columbia project will link its International Reporting Program with schools around the world as part of an effort to challenge the “parachute” model of foreign correspondence.

Sep 22, 2016 — CBC News

Does loosening Cancon rules hobble Canadian TV creators? by Jessica Wong

Creators blast CRTC ruling's suggestion that Canadians need foreign help to make TV hits.

Sep 22, 2016 — The Chronicle Herald

Eastlink contributes $690,000 to help fund TV projects in Nova Scotia

The media company has given the money to the Nova Scotia Independent Production Fund, a not-for-profit support program for producers and filmmakers in the province.

Sep 21, 2016 — CBC News

New Brunswick filmmakers take scrappy, innovative approach to cable changes by Julia Wright

Columnist says Pick-and-pay, basic cable packages may be great for cable subscribers, who get to choose which channels they pay for, but they are also changing the game for smaller, independent media production companies.

Sep 20, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Why Netflix Is Now Dubbing, Subtitling Content in Poland by Scott Roxborough

The streaming giant is moving away from English-only programming in a bid to gain international market share.