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Oct 27, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

Internet Usage In Canada Soared 40 Per Cent In A Year. Here's Why. by Daniel Tender

The CRTC’s Communications Monitoring Report for 2016 found broadband Internet usage jumped 40 per cent from 2014 to 2015, while mobile data usage saw an even larger 44-per-cent spike.

Oct 26, 2016 — Vancouver Sun

Canadians spend more on Internet access than TV subscriptions for first time: CRTC by Emily Jackson

The CRTC says Canadians spent more money on Internet access than television subscriptions for the first time last year as the demand for data exploded and the desire for traditional TV packages waned.

Oct 26, 2016 — Money News

Downloaded data skyrockets in 2015

The CRTC says Canadians are downloading more data than ever as a result of the growing use of broadband technologies over mobile devices and within the home.

Oct 24, 2016 — Métro

Mélanie Joly à TLMEP: éloge du vide by Stéphane Morneau

The columnist questions the relevance of inviting politicians for interviews on Radio-Canada's hit talk-show Tout le monde en parle. He is very dismayed by Mélanie Joly's last appearance on the show and finds the interview was handled in a complacent manner. 

Oct 23, 2016 — The Todd Veinotte Show

The Todd Veinotte Show (Episode 103)

FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, responds to the recent news that the federal government is considering an internet price hike to fund Canadian content.

Oct 21, 2016 — National Post

Why it’s irresponsible for the publicly funded CBC to explain the news rather than provide it by David Berry

Columnist says that the public broadcaster diverting some of its resources into telling citizens what to think is to fundamentally misunderstand its mandate.

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 — CBC News

'Our society needs journalists': Reckoning with the future of news in the wake of latest Postmedia losses by David Gray

Mount Royal University professor says news media's role 'now more important than ever' in Canada.

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 — Telecom Trends

Should CRTC end its parallel tax system? by Mark Goldberg

Columnist says it is unlikely that there will be a new tax on internet access services, but quite possible to see the federal government apply its Goods and Services Tax (a value added sales tax) on all foreign digital services.

Oct 20, 2016 — Public Now

CRTC Recognized For The Let's Talk TV A Conversation With Canadians Initiative

Media release says Let's Talk TV was one of the CRTC's most comprehensive and complex public consultations and broadcasting policy reviews to date.

Oct 20, 2016 — Toronto Star

CRTC chair: Local news is more important than profits

CRTC Chairman laments that a “disturbing number” of TV stations have cut staff and centralized operations.

Oct 20, 2016 — National Post

Think tank urges CRTC reform as Liberals consult on CanCon, suggests killing content requirements by Emily Jackson

Columnist says another pro-market think tank has called for massive reforms to the institution that regulates broadcasting and telecommunications as the federal government seeks opinions on how to overhaul its Canadian content policy for the digital era.

Oct 20, 2016 — National Post

Think tank urges CRTC reform as Liberals consult on CanCon, suggests killing content requirements by Emily Jackson

Columnist says another pro-market think tank has called for massive reforms to the institution that regulates broadcasting and telecommunications as the federal government seeks opinions on how to overhaul its Canadian content policy for the digital era.

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 19, 2016 — CBC News

Internet price hikes could be coming as Ottawa reviews cultural policy, critics warn by Sophia Harris

The federal government has launched a massive review of Canadian-made content in the digital age that will include who should be footing the bill.

Oct 19, 2016 — Regina Leader-Post

SoundCloud adds Canadian services by Stuart Derdeyn

Canadian users of SoundCloud now have the option of joining SoundCloud Go by signing up through the company website at

Oct 18, 2016 —

Four Canadians among 20 powerful women in global TV

The Hollywood Reporter feature includes 20 women—four of them Canadian—recognized for their outstanding contribution to the global television industry. 

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 17, 2016 — Politico

What If the Newspaper Industry Made a Colossal Mistake? by Jack Shafer

For years, the standard view in the newspaper industry has been that print newspapers will eventually evolve into online editions and reconvene the mass audience newspapers enjoy there - but that’s not what’s happening.

Oct 17, 2016 — MediaPost

Nielsen's Social Content Ratings Debut by P.J. Bednarski

 Nielsenmakes good on a promise to begin including Facebook info, which turned the once-titled Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings into Nielsen’s Social Content Ratings.

Oct 17, 2016 — Huffington Post Canada

New Internet Taxes Being Considered By Liberals: Reports by Daniel Tencer

The controversial “Netflix tax” may be off the table, but the federal Liberals are considering a number of potential new taxes as they seek to update how Canadian content is paid for in the digital age.

Oct 16, 2016 — CTV News

GST on Netflix still a possibility as Liberals review cultural production by Laura Payton

Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly won't force streaming services like Netflix to pay into the Canada Media Fund, but all other options are open - including charging GST - as her department reviews the country's cultural production.

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 15, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Saturday night with an old friend by David Shoalts

Columnist says that viewers may not unanimously love his quirks as a broadcaster but there is no denying Ron MacLean's affection for the sport, something Canadians demand from the host of their favourite hockey broadcast.

Oct 14, 2016 — National Post

Stop the federal government before it taxes everything on the Internet by John Tabish

Michael Geist, the University of Ottawa professor and Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, says new digital taxes will not solve the troubles faced by the news and broadcasting industry.

Oct 14, 2016 — The Tyee

New CBC Shows Mostly a Step Forward for Asian Canadians by Kai Nagata

Editorial says Kim's Convenience, adapted from a play by Ins Choi, has a willingness to laugh at uncomfortable aspects of the immigrant experience that makes it resonate far beyond the Korean community.

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.