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Feb 9, 2015 — Guilde Canadienne des Médias

Défendons la radiodiffusion publique – Plaidoyer pour CBC/Radio-Canada

The Canadian Media Guild announces a series of concerts and actions to champion public broadcasting.

Feb 8, 2015 — New York Times

VPNs Dissolve National Boundaries Online, for Work and Movie-Watching

Co-founder and director of PureVPN says 20 million consumers use VPNs and similar services to reach more than 300 channels that are geographically blocked in some way.

Feb 6, 2015 — Globe & Mail

Numeris is calling, but Canadians need more information about TV ratings by Kate Taylor

Columnist says ratings show the CBC is actually not doing so badly: Murdoch Mysteries, The Book of Negroes, Schitt’s Creek and The Mercer Report all made it to the top 30 during the week of Jan. 25.

Feb 4, 2015 — Montreal Gazette

Vidéotron gets CRTC nod to create English community TV channel by Steve Faguy

The CRTC rules that Vidéotron has failed in its mandate to provide proper community access television, but it will be allowed to create an English version of its community channel MAtv in Montreal.

Feb 3, 2015 — Stockwatch

Globe says BCE not happy with CRTC's decision on simsub

The Globe and Mail reports that Bell Media is sparring with the CRTC over a decision to ban a long-standing practice of substituting Canadian commercials for flashier American ads during the Super Bowl. 

Feb 2, 2015 — Calgary Sun

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission steps up for consumers by Ricky Leong

Canadian broadcasters say simsubbing is an integral part of their business model, allowing them to pay for Canadian programming of all description.

Feb 2, 2015 — Globe & Mail

Bell clashes with CRTC over future Super Bowl commercials by James Bradshaw

Bell Media is sparring with the federal broadcast regulator over a decision to ban a long-standing practice of substituting Canadian commercials for flashier American ads during the Super Bowl.

Feb 2, 2015 — Interlake Today

Canadian carriers cry foul on CRTC plan by Fred Rinne

The CRTC is contemplating a ban on Canadian network carriers from blocking American commercials on Canadian TV.

Feb 2, 2015 — Cabinet du ministre responsable des Affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes et de la Francophonie canadienne

Rencontre avec le Comité sénatorial permanent des langues officielles - Le Québec et l'Ontario poursuivent leurs actions pour le maintien des services en français à Radio-Canada

As part of an ongoing process to protect francophone services at Radio-Canada, Quebec and Ontario ministers Jean-Marc Fournier and Madeleine Meilleur met with the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages.

Feb 2, 2015 — Le Huffington Post

Publicités du Super Bowl : lorsque Bell tente de séduire le CRTC par courriel by Daniel Thibeault

Bell Media tries to intervene directly with CRTC Commissioners to reverse the decision to allow Canadians to watch American commercials during the Super Bowl, starting in 2017.

Feb 2, 2015 — The Province

Why does the CRTC subsidize U.S. television? by William Watson

Columnist says the CRTC’s decision to stop “simultaneous substitution” of Super Bowl commercials starting in 2017 comes just as technology makes TV commercials irrelevant.

Feb 2, 2015 — University of Toronto Faculty of Law

From antennae to Android: Former CRTC chair says Canada's communications laws stuck in pre-digital era by David Kumagai

Konrad von Finckenstein says that unlike Australia and the United States, Canada has failed to articulate a coherent vision for regulating the not-so-new media environment.

Feb 2, 2015 — National Post

National Post View: The CRTC’s anti-consumer agenda

Editorial says that on the surface, the CRTC's recent announcements might seem like the broadcast regulator is taking some very necessary steps toward allowing greater telecom freedoms, but it's actually introducing new mobile and televisions restrictions.

Feb 1, 2015 — Digital Orphans

Those Go Daddy ads during the Super Bowl may come at a hidden cost by Michael Hennessy

Columnist says the point behind simultaneous substitution was to ensure respect for a monetization of the exclusive rights Canadian channels acquire and that make their businesses viable and meet regulatory obligations. 

Feb 1, 2015 — The Sunday Edition

The Liberal Party of Canada's vision for the CBC

Stéphane Dion, the Liberal critic for Canadian Heritage, speaks with Michael Enright on CBC Radio about his party's vision for Canada's public broadcaster.

© The Sunday Edition

Jan 31, 2015 — Le Devoir

La Cour suprême renvoie la cause à la Cour d’appel by Lia Lévesque

Canada Supreme Court has ordered the Court of Appeal of Quebec to give a second hearing to the case of two Radio-Canada unions opposing a federal expenditure control law. This law had retroactively reduced the salary increase negotiated by the union members with their employer.

Jan 30, 2015 — Toronto Star

Dean Del Mastro hides behind his baby in court by Heather Mallick

Columnist says Del Mastro, former Conservative MP and "longtime bully of the CBC", was found guilty of exceeding 2008 electoral spending limits, failing to report a personal contribution of $21,000 to his own campaign and knowingly submitting a falsified document.

Jan 30, 2015 — The Province

CRTC report: Nine things to know about impending changes to your TV, online or off by Ashley Csanady

CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais promises a regulator that protects consumers both online and off and wants to ensure a future for Canadian television content in the 21st century, regardless of how it’s watched.

Jan 30, 2015 — Yahoo!News

CRTC misses the local TV mark, and then some by Carmi Levy

Columnist says that by striking down carriers’ attempts to implement a preferential payment system, the CRTC has made it clear it has no intention of allowing anything less than equitable access to all Internet resources.