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Jul 16, 2014 — News Article

Rogers: Warrant Needed From Now On For Subscriber Data by Daniel Tencer

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that police need a warrant to get even basic subscriber information from telecoms.

Jun 27, 2014 — News Article

Radio Interview: The CBC is slashing 25 per cent of its workforce over the next five years

On Bill Kelly's radio show, Ian Morrison, FRIENDS Spokesperson, discusses CBC's cutback on evening newscasts and in-house production in a bid to shift its focus from radio and television to digital and mobile services.

Jun 17, 2014 — News Article

Government of Canada Announces Appointment to CRTC

Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announces the appointment of Yves Dupras as a full-time member of the CRTC, designated for the Quebec Region, for a term of five years, effective August 11, 2014.

Jun 11, 2014 — News Article

Globe Editorial Board endorsed Wynne Liberals, was overruled by Jesse Brown

A source within The Globe and Mail says Editorial Board unanimously agreed to endorse a minority Liberal government for the Ontario provincial election but was overruled at deadline by Editor-in-Chief David Walmsley.

Jun 1, 2014 — News Article

Conservative party fundraising letter asks if CBC should be privatized by Charlie Smith

A fundraising letter from the Conservative Party of Canada's director of political operations decries the growing concentration of media in Canada.

May 30, 2014 — News Article

Stephen Harper presiding over Tories’ self-destructive madness by Chantal Hébert

Columnist says that instead of launching a national discussion on the way forward regarding the public broadcaster, the government is leaving CBC to die the death of a thousand cuts.

May 30, 2014 — News Article

A real conservative government would reform the CBC by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says the Conservative government continues to allow the CBC to exist because or all its pretensions of concern for the taxpayer, the CBC is more useful to it in its present state: not as a problem to be fixed, but as a platform on which to raise funds, a scapegoat for the party’s failures, a diversion for the base’s wrath.

May 27, 2014 — News Article

The media join Harper’s hit list by Lawrence Martin

Columnist says that in a recent fundraising letter, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives turned their guns on the news media and asked supporters whether the public broadcaster should be privatized.

May 22, 2014 — Campaign

Free the CBC - Harper can't drown us all out!

Campaign with the goal to hold Harper’s Conservatives accountable for their agenda to destroy public broadcasting in Canada.

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May 21, 2014 — Blog Post

Conservative Broadcasting Corporation

Nine of twelve people appointed by Prime Minister Harper to the CBC's Board of Directors are or have been financial contributors to the Conservative Party of Canada.

May 13, 2014 — News Article

‘I can’t see any conceivable way the anchor of a national news broadcast is only making $80,000 a year’ by Theresa Tedesco

According to the 184-page submission made by the CBC to the Senate’s transport and communications committee, Peter Mansbridge’s maximum salary scale for 2013 is just under $80,500.

May 8, 2014 — News Article

Alison Smith and Linden MacIntyre leaving CBC

Veteran CBC journalist says he made the difficult decision to leave the public broadcaster, in part, to take a stand against recently announced budget cuts, which he believes are having the strongest impact on young reporters and producers.

May 7, 2014 — News Article

Veteran journalist Linden MacIntyre first high-profile casualty of CBC cuts by Simon Houpt

Veteran journalist Linden MacIntyre says if there’s 500-plus people disappearing due to recent CBC cuts, he'd like one or two of them to be recognizable so that the numbers aren't meaningless to people – to the taxpayers who are paying a big part of the freight.

May 2, 2014 — News Article

Court rules that CRTC must stay out of appeal against its new wireless code

The Federal Court of Appeal ruled this week that the country's telecom regulator could not argue on its own behalf in an appeal by Canada's major service providers over the start date for the wireless code, which is set to kick in by June of next year.

Apr 21, 2014 — News Article

No, the CBC’s not cool. Nor should it be by Konrad Yakabuski

Columnist says that with Ottawa sending that message "It is up to the CBC to provide programming that Canadians actually want to watch", it’s little wonder programmers fear that the failure to boost ratings will only give politicians further ammunition to cut their funding.

Apr 15, 2014 — News Article

VIDEO: A CBC tax? by Brian Lilley

The Heritage Minister's Office says the CBC already receives significant taxpayer funds and can operate within their existing budget, and that it's up to the public broadcaster to provide programming that Canadians want to watch.

Apr 10, 2014 — News Article

Watchdog group charts CBC’s funding decline over the decades

Adjusted for 2104 dollars CBC’s parliamentary appropriation plunged by more than $400 million, from $1.64 billion to $1.19 billion, between 1994-95 and 1997-98.

Apr 10, 2014 — News Article

Watchdog group questions CBC's planning amid expected cuts at the broadcaster by Cassandra Szklarski

FRIENDS says the public broadcaster has long known reduced federal funds, a softening advertising market, the expense of the Sochi Olympics and the potential loss of hockey broadcast rights could put them in a tough spot for the 2014-2015 budget.

Apr 9, 2014 — News Article

Cuts hurt CBC's language mandate: Senate report by Jordan Press

A senate report says looming budget and job cuts at Canada's public broadcaster may hinder the vitality and survival of minority official language communities across the country.

Apr 8, 2014 — News Article

CBC Job Cuts, Budget Reductions To Be Announced Thursday: Reports

CBC staff are preparing themselves for bad news as the broadcaster is expected to announce a major round of job cuts and reductions to services.