Blog Posts — 2017
FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting has given Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s long-awaited Creative Canada Policy Framework an overall barely passing grade of C-. The core challenge the policy failed to address is the crisis facing local media in Canada as a result of the exponential growth of internet advertising – which is siphoning revenue from Canadian media to foreign internet giants.
FRIENDS Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, recent met NDP leadership candidate and MP Guy Caron to discuss solutions to the crisis faced by Canadian media outlets and journalism.
FRIENDS has asked all four of the NDP leadership candidates for a chance to brief them about the significant consequences of the failing Canadian media sector for damage to our democracy.
Today the Trudeau government announced how it will keep its promise to ensure that future appointments to CBC’s Board – including its President and CEO – are made independently from partisan patronage as well as merit-based. Here is the Globe and Mail coverage.
On May 29, 2017, FRIENDS hosted a seminar on the challenges and opportunities of the rise of interactive media. Presenters included: Robert McChesney from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Manfred Kops from Universität Köln, Gregory Taylor from the University of Calgary and Zoë Druick from Simon Fraser University.
In response to FRIENDS’ January 20, 2017 submission asking the CRA’s views as to whether section 19.1 of the Income Tax Act applies to deny expenses incurred by taxpayers to advertise on foreign internet websites, the Agency responded on May 25, 2017 that an amendment to the law would be necessary in order to apply the rules in section 19.1 to advertising on foreign internet websites.
Briefing note from FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, on the implications of the 2017 Federal Budget on media, cultural sovereignty and democratic participation.
Seven of the nine current members of the CBC Board of Directors - all of whom were appointed by Prime Minister Harper - are or have been financial contributors to the Conservative Party of Canada.
FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, met Prime Minister Trudeau to thank him for re-investing in CBC and urge him to act on his promise to reform CBC’s governance so that it is merit-based and independent.
FRIENDS sponsored an iPoliticsLIVE event in Ottawa on Feb 2 to discuss ways to ensure the survival of Canadian media, high quality journalism and local reflection.
The full 56 min event can be viewed here