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Policy Briefs — 2016

As part of its advocacy work, FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting frequently makes submissions and presentations to the CRTC, Parliamentary Committees, and other bodies.

Nov 23, 2016 — Policy Brief

The future of Canadian content in a digital world

In a letter to Hon. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, FRIENDS comments on critical issues affecting the future of Canadian content in a digital world.

Nov 14, 2016 — Policy Brief

Précis: Miller-Rogers Opinion on Options for a Merit-based CBC Board of Directors Appointment Process

This précis has been prepared for readers’ convenience by FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting, not by Peter Miller/Brian MacLoed Rogers. 

Oct 21, 2016 — Policy Brief

Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

Remarks by FRIENDS' spokesperson, Ian Morrison, for the pre-budget consultation of House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. 

Aug 15, 2016 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2016-225

FRIENDS comments on the renewal of television licences held by large English- and French-language ownership groups.

Aug 5, 2016 — Policy Brief

Pre-Budget Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

FRIENDS offers recommendations to the government on its tax and CRTC policies, including requiring Netflix and other foreign OTT services to collect sales taxes, as their Canadian competitors must do.

Jun 21, 2016 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2016-191

FRIENDS opposes CBC’s application to the CRTC to allow ICI Musique and CBC Radio 2 to continue to broadcast national advertising.

Apr 21, 2016 — Policy Brief

The Media and Local Communities - Supplementary Submission

Written response to a question coming out of FRIENDS' presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on the future of local TV in Canada.

Apr 21, 2016 — Policy Brief

Letter to the Minister of Canadian Heritage regarding the CRTC

FRIENDS asks Minister Joly to rescind the ‘mandate’ letter written to the Chair of the CRTC by James Moore on June 18, 2012.

Apr 12, 2016 — Policy Brief

The Media and Local Communities

FRIENDS presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on the future of local TV in Canada.

Feb 12, 2016 — Policy Brief

Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

FRIENDS' recommends that the government exercises its right under the Broadcasting Act to ask the CRTC to reconsider recent decisions on television policy.

Feb 11, 2016 — Policy Brief

Joint Response to Undertakings (BN CRTC 2015-421)

FRIENDS and Unifor respond to a number of undertakings with respect to two research studies filed on the CRTC's review of Local and Community TV.

Jan 26, 2016 — Policy Brief

FRIENDS presentation to the CRTC on Local Television (BN CRTC 2015-421)

FRIENDS tells Canada's broadcast regulator that without prompt action from the CRTC, many local TV stations, particularly in small and medium markets, will likely fail.