All Parliament / Legislation Articles

Aug 19, 2016 — News Article

When the sunny ways are so bright, journalists need shades by Andrew McDougall

Columnist says Trudeau's strong narrative of "sunny ways" lets him off the hook where others would be vilified by the media. 

Aug 5, 2016 — Policy Brief

Pre-Budget Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

FRIENDS offers recommendations to the government on its tax and CRTC policies, including requiring Netflix and other foreign OTT services to collect sales taxes, as their Canadian competitors must do.

Jul 6, 2016 — Blog Post

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau regarding merit­‐based and independent appointments to CBC's Board

FRIENDS has commissioned a legal opinion from two experts in broadcasting and media law, Peter H. Miller and Brian MacLeod Rogers on options for how the Liberal government's commitment might be achieved.

Jun 29, 2016 — News Article

Philippe Lamarre et Monique Savoie conseillers au ministère du Patrimoine canadien

The government has set up a group of expert advisors who will support minister Mélanie Joly in a effort to reinforce and understand Canadian content in the digital age.

Jun 28, 2016 — News Article

Canadian experts unite for cultural policy advisory group by James Bradshaw & Daniel LeBlanc

The federal government is appointing a dozen outside experts as a “sounding board” to help steer a sweeping review of Canada’s cultural policies that is aimed at redrawing a system of support some federal officials feel is broken.

Jun 28, 2016 — News Article

Brad Trost, Anti-Abortion Social Conservative, Mulls Tory Leadership Bid by Althia Raj

Potential Conservative Party leadership candidate has maintained a "Privatize the CBC" petition on his website.

Jun 23, 2016 — News Article

Legislation Will Improve Access to Copyrighted Materials for Visually Impaired and Print-Disabled Canadians

The amendments to the Copyright Act enable Canada to be among the first countries in the world to accede to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled.

Jun 22, 2016 — News Article

Culture of disrespect: What’s the minister’s remedy? by Lawrence Martin

Columnist says the Heritage Minister has announced a big plan to enhance Canadian content and bring our cultural properties into the digital age, but wonders about the maladies of the digital age.

Jun 20, 2016 — News Article

Set-top box crackdown will chill Canada's tech innovation by Michael Geist

Columnist says a recent federal court ruling targets a disruptive technology that everyone agrees has both legitimate and infringing uses.

Jun 14, 2016 — News Article

Library and Archives Canada Announces $1.5 Million in Funding to Help Local Communities Preserve Canada's Documentary Heritage

The Library and Archives Canada program will provide $1.5 million in funding to 40 projects led by archives, libraries and heritage institutions across Canada.

Jun 13, 2016 — News Article

‘No Netflix tax’, but the future of Cancon is up for debate, says heritage minister Melanie Joly by Sean Craig

The federal Heritage Minister is gearing up for public consultations, to begin this fall, after which she says the whole regime of Canadian content regulation as we know it could be upended.

Jun 10, 2016 — News Article

The sunniest Liberal, Mélanie Joly by Martin Patriquin

Columnist says Mélanie Joly has become the optimistic, smiling face of Trudeau-era Ottawa.

Jun 3, 2016 — News Article

Canadians support regulation, but not online by Richard Raycraft

Angus Reid poll shows 56 per cent of Canadians are against the internet being subject to the same CRTC regulations as traditional media, while 44 per cent would like to see all media under the same regulations.

May 18, 2016 — News Article

Montreal's Brian Mitchell runs for Conservative Party Presidency by Beryl Waksman

Conservative Party Presidency candidate is a member of the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors.

May 17, 2016 — News Article

Liberals Signal New Telecom Policy, Promote Open Access by Michael Geist

The CRTC decision means that companies such as Bell will be required to share their fibre networks with other carriers on a wholesale basis.

May 17, 2016 — News Article

Vente de la tour de la SRC: Joly déplore un document en anglais seulement by Vincent Brousseau-Pouliot

Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage deplores the fact that the CBC produced a letter on intent to potential buyers of the Maison Radio-Canada in Montreal in English only.

May 13, 2016 — News Article

How do we apply Canadian content rules to a world in which we’re all creating all the time? by David Berry

Columnist says one of the best ways of supporting artists — content creators, whatever you want to call them — has always been a direct approach: grants and other sources of funding, sure, but also more grassroots things like education and promotion, to help create a base-level interest that’s crucial to the survival of our cultural artifacts.

May 6, 2016 — News Article

Foreign firms have unfair advantage over Cancon, committee hears by Daniel LeBlanc

Columnist says witnesses at parliamentary hearings on the future of local news are repeatedly casting U.S.-based Internet giants as villains in the Canadian media landscape, offering a hint of the battle to come later this year at a full-blown study on the future of Canada’s cultural industries.

May 2, 2016 — News Article

Rousing the government from its communications slumber by Tayler Parnaby

Minister of Canadian Heritage says a vacuum has emerged as a result of government policies not keeping up with changes to technology and the way people consume culture.

May 2, 2016 — News Article

The challenge of reshaping Canada’s cultural landscape by Daniel LeBlanc and James Bradshaw

Columnist says lawyers, lobbyists, artists and various stakeholders are all gearing up for the Trudeau government’s ambitious plan to redraft the laws and policies that govern the country’s $48-billion cultural industries.