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May 24, 2017 — Le Devoir

CBC/Radio-Canada: les conservateurs en rupture avec la population canadienne - Philippe Papineau

Reporter sheds light on the results of two surveys ordered by FRIENDS that reveal a great gap between the views on public broadcasting held by actual members of the Conservative Party and those of the rest of the Canadian population. 

May 20, 2017 — StarPhoenix

Appalling ignorance on display in appropriation debate by Doug Cuthand

Writer says this episode with the media was just one more example of the complete ignorance to Indigeneous culture and attitude of white privilege that permeates the Canadian media.

May 20, 2017 — Global News

What you need to know about the cultural appropriation debate by Andrew Russel

A heated debate over cultural appropriation and free speech boils over in Canadian media after a controversial opinion piece was published last week that that encouraged white writers to explore “the lives of people who aren’t like you.”

May 20, 2017 — New York Times

‘The Internet Is Broken’: @ev Is Trying to Salvage It by David Streitfeld

The Twitter co-founder, Evan Williams, reflects on what the social media service has wrought on society and how he is trying to change things with Medium, the publishing site.

May 19, 2017 — Calgary Herald

Why Letterkenny is a gift to Canadian TV by Kevin Tierney

Letterkenny, CraveTV’s first original series, has been the breakout hit of Canadian television.

May 19, 2017 — Globe & Mail

CRTC leaves Canadian television to fend for itself in Netflix age by Kate Taylor

Columnist says  Jean-Pierre Blais piecemeal approach offers no consistent strategy to address the challenges facing Canadian television production in the Netflix age.

May 18, 2017 — iPolitics

Hot takes, cold sweats and 'cultural appropriation' by Paul Adams

Columnist says the fallout from a heated debate about race and art can be a learning moment for the media.

May 17, 2017 — News Article

Cultural appropriation suppresses minority voices: Opinion by Navneet Alang

Columnist says in Canada, a white mainstream not only takes precedence, but too often actively dismisses the concerns of racial minorities and First Nations peoples.

May 17, 2017 — Toronto Star

Steve Ladurantaye, editor of CBC’s ‘The National,’ reassigned after cultural appropriation flap by Ben Rayner

The managing editor of CBC’s The National has become the third professional casualty amidst lingering fallout from a series of controversial remarks last week about cultural appropriation.

May 16, 2017 — News Article

Writers Guild of Canada: CRTC Decision Spells Potential Disaster by Greg David

In its decision on licence renewals for Bell, Corus, and Rogers, the Commission rolled back the broadcasters’ minimum financial contributions to Canadian drama and other programing.

May 4, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

Brad Trost's Bill To Privatize CBC Fails Spectacularly By Vote Of 260-6 by Ryan Maloney

A Conservative leadership candidate’s longshot private member’s bill to privatize the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has been overwhelmingly rejected by the House of Commons, including members of his own caucus.

May 3, 2017 — Toronto Star

New Torstar CEO sets out four 'anchors' supporting transformation

Company says it expects digital operations to generate stable revenue in 2017.

May 3, 2017 — National Post

Torstar Corp reports $24.4 million loss on declining newspaper and digital revenues by Sean Craig

Torstar Corp. lost $24.4 million, or 30 cents per share, and cut 110 jobs in the first quarter of 2017, as the company’s core traditional revenue streams continued to plummet in line with broad media industry trends.

May 1, 2017 — Independent

Democrats save arts funding for NPR and PBS from Donald Trump by Mythili Sampathkumar

Both houses of congress are expected to vote on the spending bill to keep the government funded for the current fiscal year this week before it goes to Mr Trump for his signature.

May 1, 2017 — The Register

Net neutrality blowback: Cities say no. Court says whoa. Trumpster blames Canada for not going slow by Kieren McCarthy

Columnist says blowback from the decision to reopen net neutrality rules in America is continuing, with cities, the Washington courts and presidential advisors all piling in.

May 1, 2017 — News Article

Why Canada’s Net neutrality stance places consumers in control by Michael Geist

Columnist says Canada has emerged as a world leader in supporting Net neutrality, the principle that all content and applications should be treated equally and that choices made by Internet users should be free from ISP or telecom interference. 

May 1, 2017 — National Post

Fired CRTC commissioner Raj Shoan back at work after court ruling by Emily Jackson

Shoan was back at the office Monday – even though the federal government is in the midst of an extended hiring process to replace him – after the court  ruled that he was potentially denied procedural fairness when the Governor in Council fired him last June over allegations of workplace harassment and other actions “fundamentally incompatible” with the role.

May 1, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

What Canadians Should Know About The CRTC's Internet Decision by Roslyn Layton

Author says  restricting the ability to differentiate prices can limit internet adoption, especially among the poor and elderly. 

Apr 25, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Net neutrality isn’t a substitute for a cultural policy by Shane Dingman

Columnist says Joly seems aware of the contradiction of mandating Canadian content rules for domestic services but praising the exploitation of a free and open Canadian Internet for foreign cultural products.

Apr 25, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Why the fuss about funding We Are Canada? It’s just tedious TV by John Doyle

Columnist says the CBC's We Are Canada is bafflingly bad television.

Apr 25, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Why the Telefilm debate is a red herring by Kate Taylor

As Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly prepares the culture file for its digital future, some observers wonder if a splashy new Crown corporation will be her legacy.

Apr 25, 2017 — Huffington Post

CBC Bet $80 Million On The Olympics And Lost

The President of Canadian Media Research Inc. says that he government could replace the CRTC's role and the CBC board of directors with a Public Broadcasting Commission.

Apr 18, 2017 — The Todd Veinotte Show

The Todd Veinotte Show

In an interview with host Todd Veinotte, FRIENDS’ spokesperson Ian Morrison discusses CBC funding, governance and programming decisions.

© The Todd Veinotte Show

Apr 13, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

Quality Journalism Means Putting Feet On The Ground by Jerry Dias

Columnist says that to help ensure our incredible media outlets can survive through this time of upheaval as the ad-driven model for funding quality journalism falls apart, there needs to be some form of government support to assist those who need it.

Apr 12, 2017 — The Verge

Netflix will invest billions to shoot its original content in California by Andrew Liptak

In 2015, the streaming giant has announced that it would be doubling its output of original content, and it is aiming to have original productions make up half of its of its streaming catalog in the coming years.

Apr 10, 2017 — Tech Crunch

Netflix reaches 75% of US streaming service viewers, but YouTube is catching up by Sarah Perez

According to new data from comScore, more than half (53 percent) of Wi-Fi households in the U.S. are now using at least one over-the-top streaming service, with Netflix being the primary choice.

Apr 9, 2017 — CBC News

Jesse Wente, David W. Binet among Canada Council for the Arts appointments

Two prominent voices in the Toronto media landscape — Indigenous critic and CBC Radio columnist Jesse Wente and Thomson Reuters deputy chairman David W. Binet — are among eight new appointments to the Canada Council for the Arts.

Apr 7, 2017 — Canadaland

The Cushy Connections Between The Walrus And The Liberal Party Of Canada by Graeme Gordon

Columnist says a series of connections between the Liberal Party of Canada and the Walrus Foundation over the past two years may be affecting the standards and thrust of the journalism at the charity’s titular magazine.

Apr 7, 2017 — J-Source

Police force’s demand for Toronto Star video interview flies under radar by H.G. Watson

Columnist says that unlike their colleagues at Vice, the Toronto Star has decided it will not continue fighting a recent production order in court, underlining how Canadian law fails to protect journalists and their sources.

Apr 7, 2017 — Toronto Star

Canadians unhappy after Netflix retouches ‘Anne’ poster for American audience by Emma Macintosh

Appearance of freckly, carrot-topped, beloved heroine of the series, Anne Shirley, appears to have been digitally altered in Netflix posters for the U.S.