All CRTC / Regulation Articles

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.

Jan 30, 2018 — News Article

Movie-theft is not a victimless crime by Howard Law

The Fairplay Coalition, including the media unions Unifor, ACTRA, IATSE, and the Director’s Guild, says they want a stop to the job-killing drain of $500 million annually from the Canadian movie and TV industry.

Jan 28, 2018 — 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.

Jan 10, 2018 — News Article

Net neutrality changes in U.S. could change Canadian law in future by Alexia Kapalos

In Canada, where there are net neutrality laws in place, the American dismantling of net neutrality potentially means Canadians will feel some of the changes, even with these laws in existence here.

Dec 26, 2017 — News Article

Blame Quebec when your Netflix bill goes up by Peter Menzies

Columnist says the preservation and protection of the French language and identity on this continent are so deeply ingrained in every francophone that nothing as petty as a technology revolution can deter its instincts.

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

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-359

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.