All Canadian Content Articles

May 8, 2018 — News Release

La Presse throws in the towel

La Presse, one of the country's largest newspapers, has declared that its business model is no longer viable after 134 years of sustained operations.

Apr 24, 2018 — Blog Post

Parliamentarians discuss media crisis

Close the Loophole – The Deductibility of Foreign Internet Advertising was the topic of discussion by Parliamentarians at a special breakfast event on the Hill on April 24.

Senator Percy Mockler, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, NDP Parliamentary Leader Guy Caron, and CPAC President Catherine Cano

Apr 24, 2018 — Blog Post

Close the Loophole! The Deductibility of Foreign Internet Advertising

The thesis of this paper is that advertising purchased on foreign internet-delivered media that act as broadcast and newspaper services should not continue to be deemed a deductible expense under the Income Tax Act (ITA).

Apr 8, 2018 — News Article

The seven key elements of a digital policy to protect Canadians by Haroon Siddiqui

Columnist says Canada’s leaders need a comprehensive digital policy to police the digital Wild West.

Apr 7, 2018 — News Article

Why is Justin Trudeau bowing down before the U.S. internet giants? by Haroon Siddiqui

Columnist says individual Canadians, and our corporations, are suffering from Ottawa’s infatuation with Facebook, Google and Netflix.

Apr 3, 2018 — News Article

CMG welcomes new President of CBC/Radio-Canada, urges focus on investment in local news and programming

CMG is encouraged that the new President of CBC/Radio-Canada expressed support for key pillars of the national public broadcaster's services and function, including local news and programming, Canadian stories and content, digital services and Canadian talent.

Apr 2, 2018 — News Article

Bernhard: Canada must protect itself from big tech companies

FRIENDS' Executive Director says Google, Facebook and the other tech giants constitute the biggest threat to Canada’s independence and cultural sovereignty since Hollywood.

Apr 1, 2018 — News Article

Trudeau simply waving goodbye to Canada’s independent news media by Daniel Bernhard

FRIENDS' Executive Director says while rest of the world is pushing back against anti-competitive, tax-avoiding, democracy-flouting, privacy invading corporations such as Facebook, the Trudeau Liberals have yet to take any meaningful action. 

Mar 31, 2018 — News Article

Netflix, le vrai problème by Alain Dubuc

The author believes the future of Quebec television production requires a change of paradigm. The real challenge of the Netflix model lies in the way it has altered how we consume television. By investing in Quebec TV production, the model also presents incredible opportunities to reach international audiences.

Mar 30, 2018 — News Article

This painless little tax change could save Canadian media by Michael Harris

Canadian tax law has long provided incentives for companies to advertise in Canadian magazines, newspapers, and on television, but the tax code does not apply to digital media.

Mar 14, 2018 — News Article

Mélanie Joly puts internet giants on notice

Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly is warning American internet giants to brace for new legislation that will crack down on threats to Canadian culture.

Mar 1, 2018 — News Article

Budget media provisions disappointing, industry says by Susan Krashinsky Robertson

The funds, which will be handed out by one or more independent, non-governmental organizations, are far less than some had proposed. 

Feb 27, 2018 — News Release

Missed opportunity threatens democratic debate

Canadian media and journalism are fighting for their lives and the federal government missed an opportunity to address this crisis in today’s budget.

Feb 25, 2018 — News Article

Broadcast group lobbies provinces to join fight for aid package to media by Daniel Leblanc

FRIENDS wrote individual letters to the country's premiers, stating that provinces would receive more than $500-million in new revenue if proposed changes were made to what they see as a flaw in the Income Tax Act.

Feb 23, 2018 — Blog Post

FRIENDS urges Canada's Premiers to help "Close the Loophole"

FRIENDS has reached out to Canada's Premiers appealing for them to urge Ottawa to close the tax loophole that encourages Canadian advertisers to spend on foreign online platforms, 80% of which ($4.4 billion per year) travels down a tax-free express lane straight to Google and Facebook in the US.

Feb 13, 2018 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-359

FRIENDS' second phase intervention on the CRTC's call for comments on the Governor in Council’s request for a report on future programming distribution models.

Feb 8, 2018 — News Release

FRIENDS announces transition to a new Executive Director and Spokesperson

 

Daniel Bernhard has been appointed to the position of Executive Director and Spokesperson of the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Feb 4, 2018 — News Article

Netflix acquires French-Canadian film Les Affamés as part of $500 million investment by Dean Daley

Les Affamés tells the story of a small remote village in Quebec, where the bodies of locals have started to turn against their loved ones.

Feb 2, 2018 — News Article

B.C. now Canada's leading province for film and TV production: report by Harrison Mooney

B.C.’s film and television production industry exploded with growth of 40 per cent last fiscal year over the year before thanks largely to binge-watchers on internet streaming services.

Feb 2, 2018 — News Article

Netflix, taxes and non-existent loopholes. What a story. by Vito Pilieci

The funding for Canadian Content from Netflix came on the heels of a summer price hike that saw customers pay between $1 and $2 more for their subscriptions, but Netflix says the price hike and the investment in Canadian content are not related.