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Dec 8, 2017 — Toronto Star

Netflix tax decision is up to Finance Minister Morneau, Heritage Minister Joly says

The streaming services has pledged $500 million for Canadian content, but Quebec’s finance minister is urging Ottawa to join the province in taxing foreign online businesses.

Dec 7, 2017 — Regina Leader-Post

CBC, media producers, actors call for internet and Netflix tax — again by Emily Jackson

Creative groups want to get rid of different treatment for online content.

Dec 7, 2017 — IT World Canada

Threat to net neutrality also threatens Canadian startups, says founder by Danny Bradbury

The Federal Communications Commission will vote on a draft set of proposals called the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, created by Donald Trump-appointed chairman Ajit Pai.

Dec 6, 2017 — Newswire

Favouritism Towards Foreign Web Giants Français

More than a hundred personalities and members of the cultural, trade union and business communities have joined their voices in support of the following declaration.

Dec 5, 2017 — Hollywood Reporter

Canada's CBC Launches Live TV Streaming Service to Rival Netflix by Etan Vlessing

The public broadcaster has launched an over-the-top video service, allowing Canadians to live-stream 'Schitt's Creek' and other original series on digital devices.

Dec 4, 2017 — Advocate Daily

Traditional broadcasters squeezed between online pirates, new media

At a recent Parliamentary hearing, Rob Malcolmson, a senior executive at Bell Canada Enterprises Inc., suggested Canada should use its ongoing NAFTA renegotiation talks to push for the criminalization of copyright infringement and the formation of a website blocking system aimed at the most egregious online pirates. 

Dec 4, 2017 — News Article

New journalism award responds to TRC call to action

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and the Canadian Association of Journalists are pleased to announce a new award to recognize exemplary journalism that educates and informs Canadians about Indigenous experiences.

Dec 4, 2017 — Maclean's

Why would we trust Facebook to safeguard our democracies? by Nick Zarzycki

Columnist says that far from trusting Facebook, Canadians should be increasingly wary of the extent to which the platform has paralyzed Canada’s ability to protect its own democratic institutions.

Dec 4, 2017 — Toronto Star

Closing tax loophole needed to save local media by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS spokesperson says that as alarm bells ring across the country about the troubled state of Canadian media and local news, policy-makers have overlooked a surprisingly obvious and accessible fix.

Dec 1, 2017 — Markets Insider

CMF and Quebecor Fund join forces as part of a program to boost exports

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the Quebecor Fund today announce a new pilot partnership to promote the export of Canadian content.

Dec 1, 2017 — Citylab

A Local Journalism Experiment Pops Up In Calgary by Tim Querengesser

Columnist says as local media evolve new survival strategies in the face of disappearing resources, The Sprawl—a nimble micro-journalism operation that materializes when needed and disappears afterward—represents one novel variation. 

Dec 1, 2017 — Screen Daily

Look beyond Amazon, Netflix, says digital rights guru by Melanie Goodfellow

Digital strategist says rights holders need to look beyond big streaming players Netflix and Amazon to maximise returns from the burgeoning digital market.

Dec 1, 2017 — Globe & Mail

CBC’s digital shift is helping to kill local news outlets by Barrie McKenna

Postmedia executive chairman Paul Godfrey says the spark for the latest wave of newspaper closures was Ottawa's rejection of a bailout for the industry.

Nov 29, 2017 — Hollywood Reporter

BBC Worldwide, BBC Studios to Combine Into Single Commercial Entity by Georg Szalai

U.K. public broadcaster BBC says it will merge BBC Studios and BBC Worldwide to form a single commercial operation that will be called BBC Studios.

Nov 29, 2017 — Toronto Star

Is celebrity gossip your ‘local news’? Ottawa seems to think so by Bob Cox

Columnist says that the Aid to Publishers program mostly supports magazines, an industry that for the most part does not have a viable business model without public subsidies.

Nov 28, 2017 — Toronto Star

Heritage minister accused of doing ‘nothing’ for newspapers after Torstar-Postmedia deal by Alex Ballingall

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly came under fire Tuesday when opposition MPs accused her of failing to protect Canada’s struggling print news industry, one day after a deal between two media companies involving 41 newspapers resulted in the closure of almost three dozen publications.

Nov 27, 2017 — CBC News

Postmedia and Torstar swap dozens of small newspapers, most to be shut down by Pete Evans

Postmedia and Torstar have swapped more than 40 local community newspapers with each other, and most are destined to be shut down.

Nov 27, 2017 — Toronto Star

Torstar, Postmedia announce community and daily paper deal by Francine Kopun

Canada’s two largest print and digital media firms announced they have signed a deal to buy and sell 41 newspapers, mainly in Ontario.

Nov 27, 2017 — National Post

'The alarm bells should go off:' Postmedia, Torstar deal will see 36 community papers closed by Emily Jackson

Both companies say they remain committed to local news and are only closing papers in regions served by multiple publications.

Nov 19, 2017 — New York Times

Why People in Mississippi Have to Watch the Giants by Kevin Draper

On each Sunday during the football season, CBS and Fox broadcast several football games simultaneously, but send only one to viewers' homes. The process by which the networks decide which game one will see is called regionalization.

Nov 18, 2017 — New York Times

Our Love Affair With Digital Is Over by David Sax

A recent Pew Research Center survey noted that more than 70 percent of Americans were worried about automation’s impact on jobs, while just 21 percent of respondents to a Quartz survey said they trust Facebook with their personal information. 

Nov 13, 2017 — Cantech Letter

Hockey viewership up at Rogers despite cord-cutting, illegal streaming by Jayson MacLean

Columnist says that with the 2017-18 NHL hockey season up and running for about a month now, it’s time to reflect on how —and how many— Canadian viewers are tuning in. 

Nov 10, 2017 — CBC News

Revamped The National is a harebrained muddle by John Doyle

Columnist says none of the on-air talent's strength is being used in the new version of CBC's The National.

Nov 9, 2017 — The Guardian

YouTube channel encore+ resurrects Canadian TV shows, films

After years of development, the Canada Media Fund and Google Canada have teamed to launch encore+, a new YouTube channel giving viewers here and around the world access to decades of Canadian film and TV gold.

Nov 9, 2017 — CBC News

Federal government blocking social media users, deleting posts by Elizabeth Thompson

Canadian government departments have quietly blocked nearly 22,000 Facebook and Twitter users, with Global Affairs Canada accounting for nearly 20,000 of the blocked accounts, CBC News has learned.

Nov 8, 2017 — Ottawa Citizen

Quebec will tax services of Netflix, other foreign online firms: finance minister by Philip Authier

In a letter sent to federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Quebec's Finance Minister signalled his intention to go where Ottawa won’t and apply the Quebec sales tax to services provided by Netflix and other firms doing business in Quebec without actually having retail outlets here.

Nov 8, 2017 — CBC News

Quebec ready to go it alone with tax on companies like Netflix by Marilla Steuter-Martin

Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao is proposing a co-ordinated effort with Ottawa to tax online businesses that don't have a significant presence in Quebec.

Nov 7, 2017 — National Newswatch

The new National: Are four TV anchors four times as good as one? by Janice Neil

Columnist says creating a cast of anchors at CBC exponentially expands the possibilities of its news media brand.

Nov 2, 2017 — Hollywood Reporter

British Content "Under Serious Threat" From Netflix & Co., BBC Boss Says by Georg Szalai

"Their investment decisions are likely to focus increasingly on a narrow range of very expensive, very high-end content," Tony Hall says about streaming giants and warns of a $660 million spending hole.

Oct 30, 2017 — CTV News

Made in Canada or Product of Canada? There's a difference

The Competition Bureau requires that at least 98 per cent of a good’s total direct costs of production or manufacturing are incurred in Canada before that good can be legally advertised as a “Product of Canada.”