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Oct 10, 2017 — News Article

Netflix in campaign to ‘set record straight’ on $500-million pledge for Canadian productions by Daniel Leblanc

The streaming service and the federal government have faced a series of attacks over the fact the company does not pay sales taxes in Canada and refuses to submit to any quotas on its television productions in the country.

Oct 10, 2017 — News Article

Why is Mélanie Joly ignoring the crisis in Canadian journalism? by Sara Bannerman

Columnist says the federal government’s new framework for cultural policy offers virtually no new support to Canadian news production, one of the most important and most threatened foundations of Canadian democracy.

Oct 10, 2017 — News Article

Joly’s right decision, wrong reasoning on Canadian news media by Marc Edge

Columnist says Heritage Minister Melanie Joly was right to reject a bailout for legacy news media in Canada, but she was wrong about them being unviable.

Oct 9, 2017 — News Article

Will the Netflix, Inc. Deal Sink Canadian Media Stocks? by Ambrose O’Callaghan

The Canadian government has come to an agreement with streaming giant Netflix, Inc. to invest $500 million to produce original Canadian content.

Oct 4, 2017 — News Article

Quebec Moves to Tax Netflix, Amazon, Other U.S. Streaming Services by Etan Vlessing

The Canadian province is questioning Netflix's avoiding a federal sales tax by agreeing to invest $400 million in local series like 'Alias Grace.'

Oct 3, 2017 — News Article

Ottawa's New Vision Gives Me Genuine Hope For Canadian Entertainment by Maureen Parker

Columnist says Netflix will be spending as much money on Canadian content per year as Bell Media and Corus Entertainment - broadcasters who have benefited from corporate protections and who have received subsidies.

Oct 3, 2017 — News Article

Welcome, Netflix: Cancon in the digital age by L. Ian MacDonald

Columnist says we’re living in a world where the CRTC is the regulatory equivalent of the Maginot Line: Digital content providers can just fly right over it.

Sep 28, 2017 — News Release

Media Advisory

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting spokesperson Ian Morrison will be available to comment this afternoon following the release of Minister Joly’s report on Canadian content in the digital age. 

Sep 28, 2017 — News Release

Joly tinkers

After two years of study and consultation, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has come up with only a few modest steps to boost Canadian content, according to FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.

Sep 28, 2017 — Blog Post

DigiCanCon Report Card

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. 

Sep 28, 2017 — News Article

Mélanie Joly’s Netflix deal fails to address the real issues for Canadian content creators by Kate Taylor

The details of the Netflix deal with Investment Canada are suspiciously sparse, but they seem to include a definition of Canadian programming so vague that U.S. shows shot in Canada would qualify.

Sep 27, 2017 — News Article

Netflix to commit $500M over 5 years on new Canadian productions: sources by Catherine Cullen

Questions remain about how Canadian producers will be able to access funding to create programming.

Sep 25, 2017 — Blog Post

Briefing Charlie Angus

NDP MP and leadership hopeful Charlie Angus took a briefing on FRIENDS’ priorities in Ottawa last week.

FRIENDS has a long and beneficial working relationship with Charlie, which started when he was appointed the NDP Heritage critic soon after he was first elected in 2004.

If he becomes leader, Charlie plans to do a fundamental review to re-focus the CBC on its public broadcasting mandate, especially how it serves local audiences.

FRIENDS has invited all of the candidates for the NDP leadership to receive a briefing about our priorities.  To date, Charlie and Guy Caron have accepted.

Sep 25, 2017 — News Article

Chrystia Freeland to stress importance of cultural protections at NAFTA dinner

Foreign affairs minister will host U.S. and Mexican counterparts at National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Sep 18, 2017 — News Article

ANALYSIS: Minister Joly’s new strategies may have no teeth (money) by Greg O’Brien

Sources suggest funding for Minister Joly’s new ideas or pet projects will have to claim cash from other areas already allocated through the Department of Heritage, something that won’t be easy.

Sep 14, 2017 — News Article

Press Release: “CONTINUITY – FAIRNESS – SUPPORT”

A large group of cultural organizations for formed a coalition to urge the government to take swift action to solidify the foundation of our cultural and media ecosystem. 

Sep 14, 2017 — News Article

Journalism matters more than ever. We need help to save it by Bob Cox, Jerry Dias and Edward Greenspon

On Sept. 1, an agency of the Canadian government directed nearly $100-million to support local television news. 

Sep 12, 2017 — Blog Post

NDP leadership candidate Guy Caron briefed on FRIENDS priorities

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.

Aug 24, 2017 — News Article

Baloney Meter: Big TV groups say regs won't mean cuts to CanCon spending

Columnist says the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has actually reduced the minimum amount some broadcast groups will be required to spend on PNI, which include Canadian-made dramas, documentaries, comedies and awards shows.

Aug 23, 2017 — News Article

Alberta Tories try to distance themselves from Rebel Media by Trish Audette-Longo

Columnist says Alberta's new United Conservative Party says it doesn't have any ties to Rebel Media, despite a report about a 2016 fundraising pitch that promoted one of the new party's leadership contenders and was distributed via the far-right website's mailing list.