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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 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.  

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 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 22, 2017 — News Article

Rogers TV in Mississauga and Brampton going dark for good next month by Louie Rosella

The station was set to go off the air Aug. 31, but the date has been extended to Sept. 26

Aug 21, 2017 — News Article

Radical model could be key to creating new community newspapers across Canada by Nick Fillmore

Columnist says daily papers are failing because millions of dollars of advertising they used to have has either moved to the internet or has just disappeared.

Aug 14, 2017 — News Article

The Herald strike is over. Now the hard part begins by Stephen Kimber

At the culmination of the Chronicle Herald strike, columnist says there are no winners after 26 journalists are laid off.

Aug 3, 2017 — News Article

New comedy show will tell story of Canada as it is and as it might be by Sadie-Rae Werner

The show, which is being rehearsed in Newfoundland and will open Sept. 3 in Goose Bay, Labrador, will tell the story of Canada as it is now and how it will be in the future through comedic sketches and musical satire.

Jul 31, 2017 — News Article

As Canadian Stations Expand Local News, Experts Wonder How Successful It Will Be

Bell Media recently announced it's adding 5 p.m. newscasts to all its local CTV stations, and Rogers is expanding its local newscast format "CityNews" to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Montreal.

Jul 26, 2017 — News Article

Knowing about local communities is important right of the public by Sylvia Stead

Columnist says newsrooms are shrinking as advertising dollars fade, but it’s important to consider the heroic work being done in small newsrooms – work that might not be known if those papers don’t survive.

Jul 24, 2017 — News Article

Guelph’s post-Mercury blues: How an Ontario city is coping without its local newspaper by Simon Houpt

A year and a half after its daily paper stopped printing, columnist says that Guelph has become a living laboratory for the loss of traditional local media – a rising risk in communities across Canada.

Jul 17, 2017 — News Article

What happens to local news when there is no local media to cover it? by Paul Farhi

Columnist says towns like East Palo Alto are news “deserts,” communities overlooked, if not entirely ignored, by the media.

Jul 13, 2017 — News Article

Diversity on TV improving but Indigenous people still 'virtually invisible,' study says by Brian Platt and Stuart Thomson

Columnist says Canadian television has been getting better at representing the country’s cultural diversity, according to a government-commissioned study — except when it comes to Indigenous people, who remain “virtually invisible on Canadian networks.”

Jul 13, 2017 — News Article

The Nova Scotia government is ordering an Industrial Inquiry Commission in the Chronicle Herald labour dispute by H.G. Watson

On July 13, the Nova Scotia government announced it is calling an Industrial Inquiry Commission to investigate the differences between both parties for the purpose of resolving the dispute. 

Jul 13, 2017 — News Article

News health bolstered by local collaborations, expert’s work shows by Allison Ridgway

Collaborations between newsrooms and community members could be key to saving local news, says an expert in journalism and community engagement.

Jul 11, 2017 — News Article

When rural newspapers fall prey to predatory ownership, local content goes fast by Gregory Furgala

Small market newspapers are being stripped of local content by “predatory” chain ownership groups, a new study suggests.

Jul 10, 2017 — News Article

Not fake news by Yasmin Jiwani

 Focusing on cases of sexual assault reported to but dismissed by the police, the Globe and Mail's series Unfounded showcases the power of the press to effect social change.