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Oct 29, 2017 — The Guardian

Silicon Valley helped Russia sway the US election. So now what? by Emily Bell

Columnist says the inability to tell what’s advertising and what isn’t is a problem for democracy. But it’s one that media companies are loath to tackle.

Oct 27, 2017 — National Post

Canadian television pioneer 'Your pet Juliette' dies at 91 in Vancouver

Cavazzi, born in St. Vital, Man., headlined the wholesome CBC musical variety program “The Juliette Show” for 10 years beginning in 1956, where she was introduced at the top of each episode as “your pet, Juliette.”

Oct 24, 2017 — Globe & Mail

We need a ‘Joly’ tax to put Canadian TV on equal footing by Barry Kiefl

The president of Canadian Media Research says that if a “Netflix tax” is off the table, then Canada needs a Mélanie Joly tax, equivalent to a TV/internet licence fee, with the revenue used to fund a commercial-free CBC, private TV production and other media.

Oct 23, 2017 — Toronto Star

Canada needs to follow Quebec lead on taxing Netflix by Rosalie Wyonch

Columnist says the federal government’s stubbornness not to make Canadians pay the GST on their Netflix subscription is hindering any progress on the much greater problem of GST collection by foreign digital service companies.

Oct 22, 2017 — The Guardian

Refuse Murdoch's Sky bid after $32m O'Reilly 'cover up', says Tom Watson by Peter Walker

Shadow culture secretary says revelations about Fox News presenter make Murdoch-owned 21st Century Fox an unsuitable owner for Sky.

Oct 20, 2017 — Windsor Star

The Liberal government ignores even its own MPs on supporting Canadian news by Bob Cox

Columnist says the Liberals politely rejected nearly everything the Heritage committee recommended.

Oct 20, 2017 — Montreal Gazette

Canada's official languages commission to investigate Netflix deal

Canada's Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages is opening an investigation into the $500-million deal between the Canadian government and Netflix.

Oct 20, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

Netflix Is Just Part One Of Melanie Joly's Vision For Canadian Content by Tim Southam

Two weeks ago, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly unveiled her vision for cultural policy in the internet age.

Oct 19, 2017 — CFJC Today

Tax Netflix but no Netflix tax by David Charbonneau

Columnist says Netflix should be taxed, not only because similar Canadian services are taxed but because revenue collected would pay for Canadian content.

Oct 19, 2017 — Policy Options

A cultural policy that overlooks multiculturalism by George Abraham

Columnist says the federal government missed an opportunity with its new cultural policy framework to support ethnic media and greater diversity in other newsrooms.

Oct 19, 2017 — The Conversation

Can new models of public interest journalism survive? by Robert Cribb

Over the past year, 34 students at four Canadian journalism schools — Concordia, Ryerson, Regina and the University of British Columbia — joined together with senior journalists at three national news organizations — the Toronto Star, Global News and the National Observer — in an unprecedented reporting collaboration.

Oct 16, 2017 — CBC News

Netflix adds 5.3 million subscribers and a heavy debt load

Netflix is sinking deeper into debt in its relentless pursuit of more viewers, leaving the company little margin for error as it tries to build the world's biggest video subscription service.

Oct 10, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Netflix in campaign to ‘set record straight’ on $500-million pledge for Canadian productions by Daniel Leblanc

The streaming service and the federal government have faced a series of attacks over the fact the company does not pay sales taxes in Canada and refuses to submit to any quotas on its television productions in the country.

Oct 10, 2017 — Toronto Star

Why is Mélanie Joly ignoring the crisis in Canadian journalism? by Sara Bannerman

Columnist says the federal government’s new framework for cultural policy offers virtually no new support to Canadian news production, one of the most important and most threatened foundations of Canadian democracy.

Oct 10, 2017 — Policy Options

Joly’s right decision, wrong reasoning on Canadian news media by Marc Edge

Columnist says Heritage Minister Melanie Joly was right to reject a bailout for legacy news media in Canada, but she was wrong about them being unviable.

Oct 10, 2017 — Reuters

Britain looking at Google, Facebook role in news: PM May's spokesman

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister says Britain is looking at the role of Google and Facebook in the provision of news and what their wider responsibilities and legal status should be.

Oct 9, 2017 — The Motley Fool

Will the Netflix, Inc. Deal Sink Canadian Media Stocks? by Ambrose O’Callaghan

The Canadian government has come to an agreement with streaming giant Netflix, Inc. to invest $500 million to produce original Canadian content.

Oct 5, 2017 — Policy Options

News industry should feel full digital disruption by Erin Miller and Ian Gill

Columnist says it’s time to let the advertising model die, and start imagining and rebuilding a news industry that is audience-driven.

Oct 4, 2017 — Hollywood Reporter

Quebec Moves to Tax Netflix, Amazon, Other U.S. Streaming Services by Etan Vlessing

The Canadian province is questioning Netflix's avoiding a federal sales tax by agreeing to invest $400 million in local series like 'Alias Grace.'

Oct 3, 2017 — Huffington Post Canada

Ottawa's New Vision Gives Me Genuine Hope For Canadian Entertainment by Maureen Parker

Columnist says Netflix will be spending as much money on Canadian content per year as Bell Media and Corus Entertainment - broadcasters who have benefited from corporate protections and who have received subsidies.

Oct 3, 2017 — iPolitics

Welcome, Netflix: Cancon in the digital age by L. Ian MacDonald

Columnist says we’re living in a world where the CRTC is the regulatory equivalent of the Maginot Line: Digital content providers can just fly right over it.

Sep 28, 2017 — Globe & Mail

Mélanie Joly’s Netflix deal fails to address the real issues for Canadian content creators by Kate Taylor

The details of the Netflix deal with Investment Canada are suspiciously sparse, but they seem to include a definition of Canadian programming so vague that U.S. shows shot in Canada would qualify.

Sep 28, 2017 — Globe & Mail

The Netflix deal is a very sweet deal for Netflix, not Canada by John Doyle

Columnist says investing $100-million a year to help out the production of TV and movies in Canada is the kind of figure Netflix shrugs off as the cost of doing business.

Sep 27, 2017 — CBC News

Netflix to commit $500M over 5 years on new Canadian productions: sources by Catherine Cullen

Questions remain about how Canadian producers will be able to access funding to create programming.

Sep 26, 2017 — New York Times

As Google Fights Fake News, Voices on the Margins Raise Alarm by Daisuke Wakabayashi

In April, Google announced an initiative called Project Owl to provide “algorithmic updates to surface more authoritative content” and stamp out fake news stories from its search results.

Sep 25, 2017 — CBC News

Chrystia Freeland to stress importance of cultural protections at NAFTA dinner

Foreign affairs minister will host U.S. and Mexican counterparts at National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Sep 25, 2017 — Toronto Star

Rick Mercer announces end of ‘Mercer Report’ after 15 seasons on CBC by Bill Brioux

The show will return to CBC on Tuesday night for its final season. Mercer, who turns 48 next month, says the timing for right to retire the show.

Sep 21, 2017 — Le Monde

La France imposera toutes les plates-formes numériques de vidéo en 2018 by Nicole Vulser

The government of France is extending a video tax, previously reserved for French pay-per-view video sites, to all French and foreign digital video platforms, whether paying or free.

Sep 20, 2017 — New York Times

Internet Giants Face New Political Resistance in Washington by Cecilia Kang

Columnist says that after years of largely avoiding regulation, businesses like Facebook, Google and Amazon are a focus of lawmakers, some of whom are criticizing the expanding power of big tech companies and their role in the 2016 election.

Sep 18, 2017 — CARTT.ca

ANALYSIS: Minister Joly’s new strategies may have no teeth (money) by Greg O’Brien

Sources suggest funding for Minister Joly’s new ideas or pet projects will have to claim cash from other areas already allocated through the Department of Heritage, something that won’t be easy.