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Dec 13, 2017 — Campaign

Let's close the tax loophole and save local media

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.

Please send a message to Prime Minister Trudeau asking for this loophole to be closed.

Dec 7, 2017 — News Article

CBC, media producers, actors call for internet and Netflix tax — again by Emily Jackson

Creative groups want to get rid of different treatment for online content.

Dec 7, 2017 — News Article

Threat to net neutrality also threatens Canadian startups, says founder by Danny Bradbury

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.

Dec 4, 2017 — Policy Brief

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).

Dec 4, 2017 — News Article

Traditional broadcasters squeezed between online pirates, new media

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. 

Dec 4, 2017 — News Article

Why would we trust Facebook to safeguard our democracies? by Nick Zarzycki

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.

Dec 4, 2017 — News Article

Closing tax loophole needed to save local media by Ian Morrison

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.

Dec 1, 2017 — News Article

CBC’s digital shift is helping to kill local news outlets by Barrie McKenna

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.

Dec 1, 2017 — Policy Brief

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.  

Nov 8, 2017 — News Article

Quebec will tax services of Netflix, other foreign online firms: finance minister by Philip Authier

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.

Nov 2, 2017 — News Article

British Content "Under Serious Threat" From Netflix & Co., BBC Boss Says by Georg Szalai

"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.

Oct 24, 2017 — News Article

We need a ‘Joly’ tax to put Canadian TV on equal footing by Barry Kiefl

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.

Oct 23, 2017 — News Article

Canada needs to follow Quebec lead on taxing Netflix by Rosalie Wyonch

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.

Oct 22, 2017 — News Article

Refuse Murdoch's Sky bid after $32m O'Reilly 'cover up', says Tom Watson by Peter Walker

Shadow culture secretary says revelations about Fox News presenter make Murdoch-owned 21st Century Fox an unsuitable owner for Sky.

Oct 20, 2017 — News Article

The Liberal government ignores even its own MPs on supporting Canadian news by Bob Cox

Columnist says the Liberals politely rejected nearly everything the Heritage committee recommended.

Oct 20, 2017 — News Article

Canada's official languages commission to investigate Netflix deal

Canada's Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages is opening an investigation into the $500-million deal between the Canadian government and Netflix.

Oct 20, 2017 — News Article

Netflix Is Just Part One Of Melanie Joly's Vision For Canadian Content by Tim Southam

Two weeks ago, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly unveiled her vision for cultural policy in the internet age.

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

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 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.