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Sep 26, 2016 — News Article

Heritage Minister says she will not reverse Cancon rules for TV industry by Ian Bailey

Federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly says Canada’s TV production sector, alarmed at new CRTC regulations that reduce the need to hire Canadians to obtain funding, should not count on her for any immediate help to reverse the situation.

Sep 22, 2016 — News Article

Looking beyond philanthrojournalism by Patricia W. Elliott

Columnist says Ottawa shouldn’t be let off the hook of a historically-mandated commitment to ensure Canadians enjoy equitable cross-country access to media that reflects our lives.

Sep 22, 2016 — News Article

Looking beyond philanthrojournalism by Patricia W. Elliott

Columnist says Ottawa shouldn’t be let off the hook of a historically-mandated commitment to ensure Canadians enjoy equitable cross-country access to media that reflects our lives.

Sep 17, 2016 — News Article

How TV made Pierre Trudeau a celebrity and political force by Paul Litt

It was television that first introduced Trudeau to the public, put him on the leadership radar screen with its coverage of his legal reforms, and made him a national celebrity in the opening weeks of 1968.

Sep 15, 2016 — News Article

Remarks for Hubert T. Lacroix at PBI Montréal 2016

CBC President introduces Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, and refers to her as "my minister".

Sep 12, 2016 — News Article

An Open Letter to Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly by Kevin McMahon

Filmmaker Kevin McMahon says the government should be involved in culture in order to serve the public good and says Canada’s creators have a deep understanding of how and of why publicly-motivated culture produces enriching, crowd-pleasing excellence.

Sep 7, 2016 — News Article

Why clicking on this story about Indigenous people matters by Neil Macdonald

MMIW inquiry has a big challenge persuading non-Native Canadians to pay sustained attention.

Aug 29, 2016 — News Article

Farewell Stephen Harper, master of attack ads by John Doyle

Columnist reflects on Stephen Harper’s media legacy.

Aug 23, 2016 — News Article

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly urges change at CBC, CRTC to boost Canadian content in digital age

Heritage Minister says Canada's cultural and creative industries are important drivers of innovation and a vibrant part of the Canadian economy.

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.