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Jan 17, 2017 — News Article

Canada Moves Closer To Taxing Netflix And Other Streaming Services by Daniel Tencer

Columnist says the federal government is inching towards taxing Netflix and other streaming services, a move likely to be supported by Canada's media creators.

Jan 12, 2017 — News Article

Postmedia CEO ‘encouraged’ by feds’ plan to help media, but confirms layoffs

The chief executive officer of Postmedia is “encouraged” that the federal government will intervene and help Canada’s financially floundering media industry, but confirmed his company would proceed with layoffs.

Jan 10, 2017 — News Article

Advocates ask Ottawa to 'kill the Internet tax' as Liberals ponder new fees by Michael Lewis

The issue has been in renewed focus recently, as Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly launched a public consultation last April.

Jan 10, 2017 — News Article

Why a media coalition is decrying a CRTC ruling on Super Bowl feeds by Michael Geist

Columnist says if the government is serious about bringing broadcast into the digital world, it may be time to cancel simultaneous substitution altogether.

Jan 10, 2017 — News Article

Bell urging Trudeau to use executive power in Super Bowl ad dispute by Nick Ashbourne

A court battle is underway spearheaded by Bell, the NFL and a number of allies including Canadian actors and politicians as well as former Republican Party presidential nominee Marco Rubio.

Jan 10, 2017 — News Article

Advocates ask Ottawa to 'kill the Internet tax' as Liberals ponder new fees by Michael Lewis

The issue has been in renewed focus recently, as Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly launched a public consultation last April.

Jan 2, 2017 — News Article

The CRTC needs to stop playing this game and let networks decide what ads run during the Super Bowl by Terence Corcoran

Assorted Canadian creative and advertising, groups if the courts can’t act fast enough, then the Trudeau cabinet should intervene directly and quash the CRTC’s Super Bowl decision. 

Dec 30, 2016 — News Article

Year-in-review: Little good news to be found in media world in 2016 by Beatrice Britneff

Representatives from The Globe & Mail and iPolitics — among others — have implored the government to stop “handing out money” to the CBC, “level the playing field” between the broadcaster and private outlets, and to consider prohibiting the broadcaster from running digital advertising — or advertising altogether.

Dec 25, 2016 — News Article

Robert Reich: Like a Tyrant, Trump Is Deploying 7 Techniques to Control the Media by Amy Goodman

University of California professor discusses the 7 techniques to control the media that Donald Trump already employs.

Dec 22, 2016 — News Article

Parliamentary coverage has been changed by the times by Chantal Hébert

Columnist says the dynamics of Parliament Hill are a must-watch for anyone who wants to understand how complex Canada is, and that is not easily done via a computer screen.

Dec 21, 2016 — News Article

Marco Rubio asks CRTC to change Super Bowl ad policy by Terry Pedwell

Former Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio has added his voice to growing pressure on Canada’s broadcast regulator to reverse a decision banning the substitution of Canadian ads over big-budget American spots during the Super Bowl.

Dec 21, 2016 — News Article

Marco Rubio wants CRTC Super Bowl ad decision reversed by BJ Siekierski

Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson have written a letter to Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. David MacNaughton asking the Canadian government to reverse the CRTC’s 2015 decision to ban the simultaneous substitution of the 2017 Super Bowl broadcast.

Dec 20, 2016 — News Article

Where is the 'Never Kellie' movement? by Dale Smith

Columnist says some Conservatives worry that Leitch is stirring up populist forces in order to differentiate herself from the rest of the pack — but that those same forces will be harder to contain once the leadership contest is over.

Dec 19, 2016 — News Article

A ‘Netflix Tax’ for the New Year? Maybe so by Fasken Martineau DuMoulin

In early 2017, the federal government will reveal its highly-anticipated policy pronouncements on modernizing the legal and financial tools that it employs to support Canadian content.

Dec 19, 2016 — News Article

Michael Wolff on How Media Wars Will Replace the Culture Wars in Trump Era by Michael Wolff

Columnist says the neww administration's strategy is to bait the press by reveling in and courting its outrage and attention as the news moguls gamely play along.

Dec 16, 2016 — News Article

Melanie Joly’s fight for Canadian culture is neither easy nor popular by Kate Taylor

Columnist says it would be impossible to extend the Canadian-content quotas that have governed television and radio since the 1970s to YouTube, Netflix or music-streaming services and that the solution lies in making lots of great Canadian content and, equally important, marketing it in ways that Canadians can easily find it.

Dec 11, 2016 — News Article

Canada leads charge to force Internet giants to support more localized content by Daniel LeBlanc

Ottawa wants to create an international coalition that will give governments new powers to force Internet and multimedia giants to fund and showcase the creation of domestic content on their digital platforms.

Dec 10, 2016 — News Article

Going ad-free could be good for CBC by Bob Wakeham

A fallout discussion that emerged in recent weeks after the CBC floated the idea of a commercial-free television lineup centred around the question of whether the corporation is actually fulfilling its mandate to supply alternative programming to Canadians.

Dec 9, 2016 — News Article

Scheer says he would axe CBC news division by Janice Dickson

Conservative leadership candidate says government has ‘glaring’ conflict in operating CBC.

Dec 5, 2016 — News Article

Big Idea for Canadian Media: Provide Incentives for Local Ownership by Marc Edge

Writer explores the takeovers and mergers behind the razed newsrooms and serially slimming papers, and reflects on the federal government’s current efforts to study the issue and determine what actions it may take to support the industry going forward.