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Giant American companies such as Google, Facebook, YouTube and many others are sucking the lifeblood out of Canada’s media economy – threatening the very future of our local TV, newspapers and radio stations – even hurting the CBC. A loophole in Canada’s tax system is actually making this happen.
Creative groups want to get rid of different treatment for online content.
The Federal Communications Commission will vote on a draft set of proposals called the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, created by Donald Trump-appointed chairman Ajit Pai.
Re: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-365: Application 2017-0584-9, Cable Public Affairs Channel Inc.
FRIENDS strongly endorses CPAC’s request for mandatory distribution on the basic service and for a 1¢ increase in its per subscriber monthly wholesale rate (to 13¢/month).
At a recent Parliamentary hearing, Rob Malcolmson, a senior executive at Bell Canada Enterprises Inc., suggested Canada should use its ongoing NAFTA renegotiation talks to push for the criminalization of copyright infringement and the formation of a website blocking system aimed at the most egregious online pirates.
Columnist says that far from trusting Facebook, Canadians should be increasingly wary of the extent to which the platform has paralyzed Canada’s ability to protect its own democratic institutions.
FRIENDS spokesperson says that as alarm bells ring across the country about the troubled state of Canadian media and local news, policy-makers have overlooked a surprisingly obvious and accessible fix.
Postmedia executive chairman Paul Godfrey says the spark for the latest wave of newspaper closures was Ottawa's rejection of a bailout for the industry.
CRTC call for comments on the Governor in Council’s request for a report on future programming distribution models
In a submission to the CRTC, FRIENDS says that it is only fair that foreign internet media contribute to Canadian content.
In a letter sent to federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Quebec's Finance Minister signalled his intention to go where Ottawa won’t and apply the Quebec sales tax to services provided by Netflix and other firms doing business in Quebec without actually having retail outlets here.
"Their investment decisions are likely to focus increasingly on a narrow range of very expensive, very high-end content," Tony Hall says about streaming giants and warns of a $660 million spending hole.
The president of Canadian Media Research says that if a “Netflix tax” is off the table, then Canada needs a Mélanie Joly tax, equivalent to a TV/internet licence fee, with the revenue used to fund a commercial-free CBC, private TV production and other media.
Columnist says the federal government’s stubbornness not to make Canadians pay the GST on their Netflix subscription is hindering any progress on the much greater problem of GST collection by foreign digital service companies.
Shadow culture secretary says revelations about Fox News presenter make Murdoch-owned 21st Century Fox an unsuitable owner for Sky.
Columnist says the Liberals politely rejected nearly everything the Heritage committee recommended.
Canada's Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages is opening an investigation into the $500-million deal between the Canadian government and Netflix.
Two weeks ago, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly unveiled her vision for cultural policy in the internet age.
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.
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.
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.