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Dec 2, 2016 — News Article

Ad-free CBC could serve as a rallying point for Canadian creativity by Kate Taylor

Columnist says that if the Liberals decide CBC can drop the ads, they need to make sure the public broadcaster gets the money it needs to fulfill their mandate.

Nov 30, 2016 — News Article

Melanie Joly’s tough choice on Canadian content: New thinking or new taxes by Michael Geist

Columnist says groups such as ACTRA, the Writers Guild of Canada, the Canadian Media Producers Association and the Directors Guild of Canada argue that the government should require Netflix to contribute a percentage of its revenues toward the creation of Canadian content.

Nov 30, 2016 — News Article

Ambrose Tells Trudeau To 'Just Say No' To Giving CBC $400M In Additional Funding by Ryan Maloney

Federal Conservatives are urging the Liberal government not to give the CBC/Radio Canada more than $400 million in additional annual funding so that the public broadcaster can go ad-free.

Nov 30, 2016 — News Article

Creators: 'Our Letter' To Heritage Minister Joly, with Complete Signatories List

Letter to the Heritage Minister says income and profit from digital use of creators' work flows away from the creative class to a concentrated technology industry.

Nov 30, 2016 — News Article

Stars United: New Cultural Policies Must Reflect Creative Class Concerns

In an unprecedented show of solidarity, a coalition of 1,100 Canadian musicians, authors, songwriters, composers, music producers, poets, playwrights, film composers, actors, directors, and other members of the creative class have signed a joint letter addressed to Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, pressing the government to put the focus on Canada's creators front in new cultural policies being developed.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

Heritage will study CBC's ad-free proposal: Joly by Beatrice Britneff

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly tells the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage  that her department will study a request the CBC submitted to the federal government asking for an extra $318 million in annual funding to move to an ad-free model.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

Dismantling or diminishing CBC is the most elitist position of all by John Doyle

Columnist says one must live in the bubble of the well-off establishment to be blind to the CBC’s importance.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

The CBC’s answer to its privileged status — more privilege and an extra $400 million please by Kelly McParland

Columnist says CBC is a “cultural ecosystem” in which a privileged few thrive behind a protective fence of government support, safe from the demands and dangers of competition that bedevil the other side of the divide.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

Canada’s creative industries join together to form Focus On Creators coalition, release joint letter to Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly by Corey Poole

A growing list of nearly 1,100 musicians, authors, songwriters, composers, music producers, poets, playwrights, film composers, actors, directors and other members of the creative class have signed a joint letter addressed to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, urging the Canadian Government to put creators at the heart of our cultural policy.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada's mandate must be reviewed first

Julie Tremblay, President and CEO of TVA Group says a priority should be to review and clarify CBC/Radio-Canada's mandate to make sure it complements the private broadcasters rather than competing with them.

Nov 29, 2016 — News Article

CBC president defends ad-free proposal, asks Ottawa for $400M to 'unshackle' broadcaster

CBC President Hubert Lacroix thinks the CBC's business model is broken and is asking the government for additional funding so that the public broadcaster can stop advertising across its platforms.

Nov 24, 2016 — News Article

Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say by Craig Timberg

Independent researchers say Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet as they portrayed Hillary Clinton as a criminal hiding potentially fatal health problems and preparing to hand control of the nation to a shadowy cabal of global financiers. 

Nov 22, 2016 — News Article

Donald Trump Personally Blasts the Press by David Redneck

After recent meeting with the media, participants walked away saying that Trump did not seem entirely rational about his criticism of the media, nor did he appear any more informed about policy than he had been during the campaign

Nov 11, 2016 — News Article

The U.S. Media Is Completely Unprepared to Cover a Trump Presidency by Adam Serwer

Columnist says the total Republican control of government means that Democrats will struggle to get their objections to carry much weight, much as they did prior to the Iraq War.

Oct 25, 2016 — News Article

Canada's Willy Wonka by Andrew Mitrovica

Columnist says Justin Trudeau's sweet, youthful, Willy Wonka façade is slipping to reveal that he's just an old boy wedded to the old way of doing things at home and abroad.

Oct 25, 2016 — News Article

Still stuck in the Sixties with the CRTC by Len Katz & Sean Speer

Columnist says now is the time for a new digital policy for the digital age.

Oct 23, 2016 — News Article

The Todd Veinotte Show (Episode 103)

FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, responds to the recent news that the federal government is considering an internet price hike to fund Canadian content.

Oct 21, 2016 — Policy Brief

Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

Remarks by FRIENDS' spokesperson, Ian Morrison, for the pre-budget consultation of House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. 

Oct 21, 2016 — News Article

Liberals avoid scrutiny for contentious cash-for-access fundraisers by Robert Fife and Steven Chase

Columnist says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has handed the duty of enforcing new rules for lobbying and political fundraisers to a department that directly reports to him, meaning that exclusive Liberal Party fundraisers with senior cabinet ministers as the prize attraction escape the scrutiny of the ethics commissioner.

Oct 17, 2016 — News Article

New Internet Taxes Being Considered By Liberals: Reports by Daniel Tencer

The controversial “Netflix tax” may be off the table, but the federal Liberals are considering a number of potential new taxes as they seek to update how Canadian content is paid for in the digital age.