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Jan 23, 2017 — Le Devoir

Colmater une brèche fiscale pour aider les médias by Philippe Papineau

A new study commissioned by FRIENDS says a modern interpretation of the law would give $450 million back to the Canadian media.

Jan 17, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

Canada Moves Closer To Taxing Netflix And Other Streaming Services by Daniel Tencer

Columnist says the federal government is inching towards taxing Netflix and other streaming services, a move likely to be supported by Canada's media creators.

Jan 15, 2017 — The 180 with Jim Brown

Newspapers are doomed because people don't want news, they want community

Recent documents obtained by CBC News suggest that media leaders in this country — worried about the effect of Facebook and Google — want federal policies that would extract money from digital carriers who produce little original Canadian content.

Jan 12, 2017 — CityNews Toronto

Postmedia CEO ‘encouraged’ by feds’ plan to help media, but confirms layoffs

The chief executive officer of Postmedia is “encouraged” that the federal government will intervene and help Canada’s financially floundering media industry, but confirmed his company would proceed with layoffs.

Jan 12, 2017 — Edmonton Sun

Postmedia posts first-quarter profit, boosted by debt restructuring deal by Sean Craig

Postmedia Network Canada Corp., reports a profit of $17.1 million in the first quarter of its 2017 fiscal year, but says it will keep cutting costs as steep declines in its print revenue continue and growth in digital revenue remains lukewarm.

Jan 12, 2017 — National Post

Canada’s broadcasters pay tax to support our industry. Netflix and other U.S. content firms should, too by Richard Stursberg

Writer says the existing government-support measures for Canadian content were all created before the digital revolution and that Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Media Fund (CMF) and the tax-credit system are focused on the cultural preoccupations of 20 years ago.

Jan 11, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Liberals test Netflix tax, airport privatization and 'moonshots' ahead of budget by Bill Curry

Columnist says the federal government has tested the public’s appetite for a Netflix tax, a new smartphone app for streaming Canadian content and spending on “moonshot” projects like placing a network of balloons on the edge of space to boost Internet access.

Jan 11, 2017 — Digital Journal

BlueSky TV is the Best Thing to Happen to Your TV Since Colour, and It's Available from Shaw Today

Shaw Communications Inc. launches Shaw BlueSky TV, a new premium television product for Canadians available only from Shaw.

Jan 11, 2017 — CBC News

Squeeze cash from Facebook, Google, say Canadian news media leaders by Dean Beeby

Copyright safeguards, tax credits among suggestions to bail out Canadian news business.

Jan 10, 2017 — Toronto Star

Advocates ask Ottawa to 'kill the Internet tax' as Liberals ponder new fees by Michael Lewis

The issue has been in renewed focus recently, as Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly launched a public consultation last April.

Jan 10, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Why a media coalition is decrying a CRTC ruling on Super Bowl feeds by Michael Geist

Columnist says if the government is serious about bringing broadcast into the digital world, it may be time to cancel simultaneous substitution altogether.

Jan 10, 2017 — Investopedia

Report: Trump Wants Review of Time Warner Deal by Donna Fuscaldo

AT&T Inc.’s (T) proposed deal to buy Time Warner Inc. (TWX) appears to be in more peril after Fox Business Network reported President-elect Donald Trump has ordered his transition team to make the case as to why the deal should be blocked.

Jan 10, 2017 — Yahoo! News

Bell urging Trudeau to use executive power in Super Bowl ad dispute by Nick Ashbourne

A court battle is underway spearheaded by Bell, the NFL and a number of allies including Canadian actors and politicians as well as former Republican Party presidential nominee Marco Rubio.

Jan 10, 2017 — Toronto Star

Advocates ask Ottawa to 'kill the Internet tax' as Liberals ponder new fees by Michael Lewis

The issue has been in renewed focus recently, as Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly launched a public consultation last April.

Jan 9, 2017 — Globe & Mail

The success of Schitt’s Creek marks a turning point for the CBC by David Berry

Columnist says Schitt's Creeks serves as a flag marking a new approach for CBC’s English television division.

Jan 5, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

This Is The Year That Fake News Becomes Old News by Jon Packer

Columnist says news media has always had to balance political influence, editorial bias, audience interests, and the motivations of its owners.

Jan 2, 2017 — National Post

The CRTC needs to stop playing this game and let networks decide what ads run during the Super Bowl by Terence Corcoran

Assorted Canadian creative and advertising, groups if the courts can’t act fast enough, then the Trudeau cabinet should intervene directly and quash the CRTC’s Super Bowl decision. 

Dec 30, 2016 — News Article

NBC station switch affects many TV subscribers in Eastern Canada by Steve Faguy

Canadian television viewers whose providers use Boston as their source for NBC have expressed worries the past few weeks at announcements the station is losing its affiliation with the network.

Dec 30, 2016 — News Article

Year-in-review: Little good news to be found in media world in 2016 by Beatrice Britneff

Representatives from The Globe & Mail and iPolitics — among others — have implored the government to stop “handing out money” to the CBC, “level the playing field” between the broadcaster and private outlets, and to consider prohibiting the broadcaster from running digital advertising — or advertising altogether.

Dec 29, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Why 2017 Will Be Crunch Year for the Global Ambitions of Netflix and Amazon by Scott Roxborough & Georg Szalai

The streaming giants, which launched nearly everywhere this year, are facing off in a worldwide battle for subscribers and SVOD revenue.

Dec 29, 2016 — Alternet

Internet Archive Setting Up Shop in Canada to Avoid Facing Persecution from Trump by Amy Goodman

The archive is one of the world’s largest public digital libraries. Part of the site includes the Wayback Machine, which preserves old websites, allowing researchers to access pages deleted by politicians and others.

Dec 25, 2016 — Alternet

Robert Reich: Like a Tyrant, Trump Is Deploying 7 Techniques to Control the Media by Amy Goodman

University of California professor discusses the 7 techniques to control the media that Donald Trump already employs.

Dec 23, 2016 — News Article

CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais plays superhero – and villain by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the broadcasting proposition is a three-legged stool – industry, creator and consumer – and Blais has got to be able to work with the first two. 

Dec 22, 2016 — Toronto Star

Parliamentary coverage has been changed by the times by Chantal Hébert

Columnist says the dynamics of Parliament Hill are a must-watch for anyone who wants to understand how complex Canada is, and that is not easily done via a computer screen.

Dec 21, 2016 — Toronto Star

CRTC declares broadband internet a basic service by Terry Pedwell

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says it can’t make full access to ultra-high speed services a reality on its own, and will require business and government help.

Dec 21, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Unlimited Internet Plans To Become Standard Under New CRTC Rules

Canada's telecommunications watchdog has ordered Internet service providers to offer an unlimited data plan for home Internet access, and to issue easy-to-understand bills.

Dec 21, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Marco Rubio asks CRTC to change Super Bowl ad policy by Terry Pedwell

Former Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio has added his voice to growing pressure on Canada’s broadcast regulator to reverse a decision banning the substitution of Canadian ads over big-budget American spots during the Super Bowl.

Dec 21, 2016 — iPolitics

Marco Rubio wants CRTC Super Bowl ad decision reversed by BJ Siekierski

Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson have written a letter to Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. David MacNaughton asking the Canadian government to reverse the CRTC’s 2015 decision to ban the simultaneous substitution of the 2017 Super Bowl broadcast.

Dec 21, 2016 — Prince George Citizen

CBC telling Canadians’ stories by Shaun Poulter

CBC says that by 2020, they will be offering Canadians 18 hours of local digital content, every day.

Dec 21, 2016 — The Boundary Sentinel

The CBC - Boon or Boondoggle by Sara Golling

FRIENDS says that among 18 major Western democracies, Canada, at $29 per inhabitant, was third lowest in terms of the level of per capita public funding for public broadcasting in 2014.