• About Friends

Blog Posts — 2004

Dec 9, 2004 — Blog Post

Letter to Minister of Canadian Heritage re CBC Grassroots Capacity

FRIENDS policy advice to the Minister of Canadian Heritage recommends that any allocation of new resources to CBC be at least 80% dedicated to improving CBC’s grassroots capacity across the country.

Nov 17, 2004 — Blog Post

Investment in Canadian and Foreign Programming (including Drama) by Private Conventional Broadcasters

FRIENDS research shows private broadcasters' spending on foreign programming has now exceeded spending on Canadian programming, in inflation-adjusted dollars; in drama programming, the gap between foreign and Canadian expenditures continues to widen.

Nov 15, 2004 — Blog Post

CBC President Tells Media, Not Parliament About Plans for Local/Regional Programming

In an extraordinary development, CBC president tells media scrum about plans for CBC local/regional programming after refusing to tell parliamentary committee about them.

Oct 20, 2004 — Blog Post

Letter to George Smith, Senior Vice-President, CBC

FRIENDS responds to letter from CBC executive, says CBC underestimating audience demand for live hockey.

Oct 19, 2004 — Blog Post

Conservative MP Response to FRIENDS Supporters on Appointments to CBC

Text of e-mail response from Conservative Party MPs to FRIENDS supporters who recently e-mailed the Prime Minister, copying their MP to advocate reform in CBC appointments.

Oct 18, 2004 — Blog Post

Letter to CBC President Robert Rabinovitch

FRIENDS calls on CBC President to air Canadian hockey, not Hollywood blockbusters, on Hockey Night in Canada during NHL dispute.

Oct 8, 2004 — Blog Post

Financial Contributions to Federal Political Parties and Riding Associations by CBC Board Members

Table showing federal political contributions by members of the CBC Board of Directors.

Sep 23, 2004 — Blog Post

Patronage Appointments to the CBC

Compilation of comments from former Parliamentary Committees, Commissions and Prime Minister Paul Martin, showing that all agree patronage should be removed from the CBC appointments process.

Jul 1, 2004 — Blog Post

Election 2004: Looking Back

Compilation of documents issued by FRIENDS during the 2004 federal election campaign.

Jul 1, 2004 — Blog Post

Election 2004: Looking Ahead

FRIENDS summarizes its activities during the 2004 federal election and identifies threats and opportunities arising from the election of a minority government.

Jun 24, 2004 — Blog Post

Responses from Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party to requests for clarification of policies on broadcasting and culture

Three letters to Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party requesting clarification of the Conservative position on important broadcasting and cultural policy questions have gone unanswered.

Jun 24, 2004 — Blog Post

Conservative Party Candidates Talk about the CBC

Selection of statements by Conservative candidates in response to inquiries from FRIENDS supporters about the Conservative Party position on CBC.

Jun 14, 2004 — Blog Post

Letter to Conservative Leader re: Policy Briefing Note for Candidates

Well-known Canadians join FRIENDS in expressing concern over policies proposed in Conservative party briefing note to candidates.

Jun 12, 2004 — Blog Post

Responses to coalition letter calling for clarification of party culture and broadcasting policies

Liberal Party and Bloc Quebecois respond to request for disclosure of party policies on culture and broadcasting.

May 31, 2004 — Blog Post

Letter to Lise Lareau, President, Canadian Media Guild

Response to a letter from the President of the Canadian Media Guild purporting to correct FRIENDS' factual statement that CMG, which is now CBC's largest union, is in fact the Canadian local of an American union, the Communications Workers of America.

May 28, 2004 — Blog Post

FRIENDS releases Advertising, Fair Play and the Media Candidate Guide

FRIENDS releases a guide to election advertising and other election-related media issues to federal election candidates across Canada.

May 23, 2004 — Blog Post

FRIENDS Pre-Election Poll Results: Voters Support Canadian Content and Public Broadcasting

Pre-election polling commissioned by FRIENDS shows strong voter support for Canadian culture, Canadian content, and an independent and well-funded CBC. Voters also strongly support maintaining domestic control of Canadian communications/broadcasting companies and limiting media concentration. Includes links to opinion poll results, press releases, media coverage, and other documents.

May 19, 2004 — Blog Post

CBC News: Harper Comments on the CBC

Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper suggests his party may revisit government funding of CBC English television and Radio Two. 

May 19, 2004 — Blog Post

Letter to Hon. Stephen Harper Re: Conservative Party Policy Towards CBC

FRIENDS calls on Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper to clarify comments on public funding of CBC.

May 14, 2004 — Blog Post

Letter to Premier of Ontario re: TVOntario

FRIENDS calls on Government of Ontario to respect views of 76% of Ontarians, not sell TVOntario to a private broadcaster.

May 10, 2004 — Blog Post

Letter to CTV, CBC, VisionTV and CHUM Re: Friends' PSA "Snow Gangsta"

FRIENDS responds to RCMP request, asks that broadcasters no longer air one of four FRIENDS' public service announcements.

May 10, 2004 — Blog Post

Letter to RCMP Re: Friends' PSA "Snow Gangsta"

FRIENDS responds to RCMP request concerning depiction of a Mountie in one of four FRIENDS public service announcements promoting the telling of Canadian stories.

Mar 23, 2004 — Blog Post

2004 Federal Budget

The 2004 federal budget restores funding cut from the Canadian Television Fund in last year's budget.

Mar 5, 2004 — Blog Post

Foreign Ownership in Media and Communications - Links and Resources

A collection of FRIENDS' statements, news articles and links on the topic of foreign ownership of media and communications companies.

Jan 21, 2004 — Blog Post

Letter to Rt. Hon. Paul Martin, Prime Minister of Canada

FRIENDS believes that support for CBC and strengthened cultural sovereignty are consistent with the Paul Martin government's stated goals.