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Mar 23, 2017 — News Article

Budget 2017 – The ‘Innovation’ budget fails the test of innovative leadership by Jim Love

In its analysis of the 2017 budget, FRIENDS says it’s two minutes to midnight for Canadian media, particularly in small and medium markets where a majority of Canadians live.

Mar 22, 2017 — Blog Post

Briefing Note on Budget 2017

Briefing note from FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, on the implications of the 2017 Federal Budget on media, cultural sovereignty and democratic participation.

Feb 28, 2017 — News Article

Kevin O'Leary's little secret: I never wear pants on TV because the CBC is 'run by women'

Press Progress says that according to a 2011 video filmed in front of O'Leary's bathroom mirror, the current front runner in the race to replace Stephen Harper as Conservative leader expresses his frustration about working at a job where "the whole place is run by women" – the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Feb 25, 2017 — News Article

Manning Manifests: CBC a prime target as conference winds down by Kady O'Malley

Columnist says the annual Manning Conference wraps up with a lively discussion on whether to sell the CBC outright, or just scale back its journalistic operations. 

Feb 24, 2017 — News Article

Bannon makes stunning threat to media: We're going to make it worse for you every day by Leslie Saltillo

Columnist says White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon admitted Donald Trump’s goal  in appointing new precarious cabinet members to head protective government agencies like the EPA  is to dismantle and “deconstruct” those organizations altogether. 

Feb 23, 2017 — News Article

Preliminary Report On Culture Stops Short Of Policy Fixes by David Farrell Thu

A glimpse of what Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and her Liberal colleagues have planned to promote Canada’s cultural industries in the next several years is included in a recently released 52-page Ipsos research document.

Feb 23, 2017 — News Article

Everything you need to know about the ‘Netflix Tax’ by Jessica Vomiero

MobileSyrup reaches out to several experts to clarify the different debates around the phrase “Netflix Tax,” and the precedent that these discussions may set for digital legislation in the future.

Feb 22, 2017 — Blog Post

The Conservative Broadcasting Corporation

Seven of the nine current members of the CBC Board of Directors - all of whom were appointed by Prime Minister Harper - are or have been financial contributors to the Conservative Party of Canada.

Feb 22, 2017 — News Article

Government must help Canadians thrive in digital universe, report suggests

A report commissioned by the Heritage Department suggests the federal government find new ways to boost Canadian content in a digital world, opening the door to potential new taxes or levies to help struggling producers.

Feb 22, 2017 — News Article

Canada's government shouldn't be in the business of policing 'fake news' by Graeme Gordon

When asked what role can the government should play to support credible sources and counter the fake news phenomenon, columnist says the correct answer should be: none.

Feb 2, 2017 — News Article

Treat media providers equally, but don't pass on costs, Canadians tell Joly by Terry Pedwell

While she vows there will be "no Netflix tax," the Heritage Minister is looking to other countries — particularly around Europe — in trying to determine how to ensure digital streaming and so-called "over-the-top" services contribute to Canada's cultural industries.

Feb 2, 2017 — Blog Post

iPolitics LIVE Event - Bleeding Red Ink: The Future of Canadian Media

FRIENDS sponsored an iPoliticsLIVE event in Ottawa on Feb 2 to discuss ways to ensure the survival of Canadian media, high quality journalism and local reflection.

The full 56 min event can be viewed here

Feb 1, 2017 — News Release

IpoliticsLIVE Event - Bleeding Red Ink: The Future of Canadian Media

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and J-Source are sponsoring an ipoliticsLIVE event to discuss ways to ensure the survival of Canadian media, high quality journalism and local reflection. 

Jan 27, 2017 — News Article

Ottawa urged to use tax code to favour Canadian publishers, and create fund to preserve journalism by Sean Craig

A new report commissioned by the federal government is urging Ottawa to consider changing tax laws to favour Canadian news publishers in the digital advertising market and use the new revenue stream to establish an independent, publicly-subsidized journalism fund.

Jan 27, 2017 — Ad Campaign

Yes, we CAN save local media!

FRIENDS is promoting a ‘big idea’ to support Canadian media and the journalists, creators and entertainers they employ – and deliver huge tax savings to Ottawa at the same time.  It’s all about closing a gaping tax loophole in order to give our advertisers an incentive to spend their money in Canada.

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Jan 26, 2017 — News Article

Media cuts are a threat to Canadian democracy, new report warns by Bruce Campion-Smith & Alex Ballingall

Canada’s news industry is on the precipice, battered by a digital revolution and plummeting ad sales, warns a new report that urges taxes for websites such as Facebook and Google, reforms to the CBC’s mandate and a new fund backed by taxpayer dollars as remedies to ease the crisis in journalism.

Jan 26, 2017 — News Article

$400m fund, tax changes, local news service urged to help restore Canada’s media

The 100-page Public Policy Forum report calls for a sales tax on foreign companies selling digital subscriptions in Canada and a “Future of Journalism and Democracy” fund to help finance reliable news and information, with $100 million in federal seed money.

Jan 26, 2017 — Policy Brief

The Deductibility of Foreign Internet Advertising

The thesis of this paper by Peter Miller and David Keeble is that advertising purchased on foreign internet-delivered media that act as broadcast and newspaper services should not continue to be deemed a deductible expense under the Canadian Income Tax Act (ITA).

Jan 25, 2017 — News Article

Google fights proposed tax change to Canadian online advertising by Daniel LeBlanc

Google Canada is vigorously opposing a proposed tax change that would make it cheaper for Canadian companies to advertise on domestic websites at the expense of foreign platforms.

Jan 23, 2017 — News Release

Simple move would support local media and raise government revenues

A 20th-century CRA opinion is the only barrier to infusing hundreds of millions of advertising dollars into hard-pressed Canadian media outlets and generating up to $1B annually in new federal revenues at the same time, according to a report released today by the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.