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May 14, 2018 — Le Devoir

Ottawa doit cesser de favoriser Google et Facebook by Daniel Bernhard

In this open letter, FRIENDS spokesperson, Daniel Bernhard, raises the alarm on the crisis affecting Canadian media: the crisis is real, it's there, and it's already striking. What will it take for the federal government to close the tax loophole that's sucking the lifeblood of local media?

May 11, 2018 — iPolitics

Charity no way to save La Presse nor Canadian journalism by Alan Freeman

Columnist suggests La Presse drop its search for a "sugar daddy", radically slim down and fight for reader loyalty.

Apr 30, 2018 — Toronto Star

Canada should make sure Internet giants pay their fair share

The House of Commons committee on international trade recommends that the government level the playing field between Canadian businesses and foreign-based Internet giants.

Apr 29, 2018 — The Guardian

Who should hold the keys to our data? byNigel Shadbolt and Roger Hampson

The Observer’s Facebook revelations reignited debates about ownership of our details. But while we seek privacy in parts of our digital life, open data elsewhere could be a force for good.

Apr 27, 2018 — The Province

Why tax Canadian-based video, but not Netflix? by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says the idea that sales or value-added taxes should apply across the board, without exceptions, is standard economics.

Apr 24, 2018 — The New Republic

Google Has a Facebook Problem by David Dayen

The tech giant has largely escaped scrutiny of late, but David Dayen says Google deserves a congressional grilling just as much as Mark Zuckerberg.

Apr 18, 2018 — National Post

CBC says it will carry on with destruction of broadcast archives once digitized by Terry Pedwell

A charitable group dedicated to preserving the country’s broadcasting heritage is calling on the CBC to stop destroying original television and radio broadcast materials as it moves to digitize the content.

Apr 18, 2018 — Globe & Mail

The only thing bigger than Netflix is the daily news by John Doyle

In the first quarter of 2018, Netflix added almost two million U.S. subscribers and yet more in other territories, beating its own estimates.

Apr 17, 2018 — Windsor Star

Netflix doing booming business in Canada, industry research reports suggest by Emily Jackson

Research says about 6.7 million Canadian households streamed Netflix in the past month; meanwhile, TV subscriptions continue to fall.

Apr 17, 2018 — New York Times

Tech Firms Sign ‘Digital Geneva Accord’ Not to Aid Governments in Cyberwar by David E. Sanger

More than 30 high-tech companies, led by Microsoft and Facebook, have announced a set of principles that included a declaration that they would not help any government mount cyberattacks against “innocent civilians and enterprises from anywhere.”

Apr 16, 2018 — MediaPost

Fixing The Broken Web -- Before It's Too Late by Steven Rosenbaum

Tech insider: "We cannot have a society where when two people wish to communicate, the only way it can happen is if it’s financed by a third person who wishes to manipulate them.”

Apr 16, 2018 — Toronto Star

Facebook Canada offers closed-door briefings to MPs ahead of meeting by Alex Boutilier

An email obtained by the Star from Facebook Canada’s public policy team invited members of the House of Commons’ Ethics committee to meet privately with the company before their public testimony.

Apr 12, 2018 — iPolitics

Can the CBC become a local broadcaster again? Paul Adams

Columnist asks whether the CBC can transform itself so that more of the best and brightest at the corporation will think about making their whole careers in Edmonton or Halifax instead of migrating to Toronto?

Apr 12, 2018 — MediaPost

Top 4 Drivers Of Advertising Industry Over Next 5 Years by Dave Morgan

Contributor anticipates the key drivers of the advertising industry over the next five years.

Apr 10, 2018 — Financial Post

Why tech giants like Google want to make sure Canadians can keep stealing entertainment by Richard Owens

University of Toronto Law Professor says CBC, Bell and many other Canadian media companies are being robbed blind by online pirates, to the tune of $1 billion annually in foregone subscription revenues from streaming piracy alone. 

Apr 9, 2018 — Winnipeg Free Press

CBC shut out: Jets games only available on Sportsnet by Dylan Robertson

Columnist takes issue with the public broadcaster not airing any Winnipeg Jets games during the playoffs, focusing instead on Toronto.

Apr 8, 2018 — Toronto Star

The seven key elements of a digital policy to protect Canadians by Haroon Siddiqui

Columnist says Canada’s leaders need a comprehensive digital policy to police the digital Wild West.

Apr 8, 2018 — CBC

'It's a tricky time to have an opinion,' Rick Mercer says as his show wraps up

Mercer became notorious for delivering heated rants about Canadian issues while storming through a Toronto alley emblazoned with graffiti, for putting politics into thought-provoking perspective, and for exploring the nooks and crannies of the nation's landscape and contemporary culture.

Apr 7, 2018 — Toronto Star

Why is Justin Trudeau bowing down before the U.S. internet giants? by Haroon Siddiqui

Columnist says individual Canadians, and our corporations, are suffering from Ottawa’s infatuation with Facebook, Google and Netflix.

Apr 6, 2018 — iPolitics

What Europe can teach Canada about protecting democracy by Chris Tenove and Heidi J. S. Tworek

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs says Canada needs to prepare itself for the 2019 federal election, and the Canadian government is starting to talk more seriously about how to address the risks we face.

Apr 6, 2018 —

New CBC president Catherine Tait makes huge promise on local services by Karl Nerenberg

Catherine Tait, the newly named CBC president, will be the first person with a significant background in the media industry to hold the job since J. Alphonse Ouimet and Tony Manera.

Apr 5, 2018 — Le Journal de Montréal

Lettre à madame Catherine Tait by Guy Fournier

In this open letter to Catherine Tait, Guy Fournier asks her to use the all-mighty power conferred by her new appointment to help CBC by better aligning its french and english televisions with the mandate of the public broadcaster and by pressuring the government to end commercials on CBC/Radio-Canada.

Apr 5, 2018 — Toronto Star

The CBC’s president should focus on being different, not just bigger

‘The CBC needs to figure out what it can do best as a public broadcaster and, just as important, what no other organization can do well.’

Apr 4, 2018 — Globe and Mail

A message to new CBC president Catherine Tait: Commit to great TV, not the ordinary by John Doyle

Columnist says the issue with the public broadcaster boils down to CBC’s ineptitude, fear of challenging drama and neuroses about its role. 

Apr 4, 2018 — News Article

Nouvelle présidence à CBC/Radio-Canada

In this French radio interview, FRIENDS spoke-person, Daniel Bernhard, comments on Catherine Tait's appointment at the reins of the CBC, and discusses the work that remains to ensure the independence of the public broadcaster. 

Apr 4, 2018 — Niagara Falls Review

Meet Catherine Tait, first woman to lead CBC

Catherine Tait, a 30-year veteran of the Canadian and U.S. television and film industry, has been tapped to lead a digital revolution at CBC/Radio-Canada, becoming the first woman in the organization's history to be named president and chief executive.

Apr 3, 2018 — iPolitics

Canadians’ trust in Facebook in free fall: report by Susan Delacourt

Canadians’ trust in Facebook appears to be in free fall — and it’s a downward plummet that started even before the ongoing uproar over alleged abuse of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica and other data-mining firms.

Apr 3, 2018 — Maclean's

Catherine Tait named as CBC president, first woman to hold role by Jordan Press

Tait says she wants the broadcaster to increasingly think digital in order to deal with the ongoing disruption across the broadcast industry.

Apr 3, 2018 — Montreal Gazette

Michael Goldbloom named chair of CBC/Radio-Canada

The former Montreal Gazette publisher is named to a five-year term; Catherine Tait becomes the Crown corporation's first female president.