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May 3, 2018 — Blog Post

Green Party of Ontario position on TVO and TFO

In advance of the provincial election in Ontario, FRIENDS has asked the major parties for their official position on the province's educational public service broadcasters, TVO and TFO. This is the response from the Green Party of Ontario.

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Apr 30, 2018 — News Article

Canada should make sure Internet giants pay their fair share

The House of Commons committee on international trade recommends that the government level the playing field between Canadian businesses and foreign-based Internet giants.

Apr 24, 2018 — Blog Post

Parliamentarians discuss media crisis

Close the Loophole – The Deductibility of Foreign Internet Advertising was the topic of discussion by Parliamentarians at a special breakfast event on the Hill on April 24.

Senator Percy Mockler, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, NDP Parliamentary Leader Guy Caron, and CPAC President Catherine Cano

Apr 24, 2018 — Blog Post

Close the Loophole! The Deductibility of Foreign Internet Advertising

The thesis of this paper 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 Income Tax Act (ITA).

Apr 16, 2018 — News Article

Facebook Canada offers closed-door briefings to MPs ahead of meeting by Alex Boutilier

An email obtained by the Star from Facebook Canada’s public policy team invited members of the House of Commons’ Ethics committee to meet privately with the company before their public testimony.

Apr 11, 2018 — Blog Post

Ontario's NDP position on TVO and TFO

In advance of the provincial election in Ontario, FRIENDS has asked the major parties for their official position on the province's educational public service broadcasters, TVO and TFO. This is the response from Ontario's NDP.

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Apr 8, 2018 — News Article

The seven key elements of a digital policy to protect Canadians by Haroon Siddiqui

Columnist says Canada’s leaders need a comprehensive digital policy to police the digital Wild West.

Apr 7, 2018 — News Article

Why is Justin Trudeau bowing down before the U.S. internet giants? by Haroon Siddiqui

Columnist says individual Canadians, and our corporations, are suffering from Ottawa’s infatuation with Facebook, Google and Netflix.

Apr 6, 2018 — News Article

What Europe can teach Canada about protecting democracy by Chris Tenove and Heidi J. S. Tworek

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs says Canada needs to prepare itself for the 2019 federal election, and the Canadian government is starting to talk more seriously about how to address the risks we face.

Apr 3, 2018 — News Article

CMG welcomes new President of CBC/Radio-Canada, urges focus on investment in local news and programming

CMG is encouraged that the new President of CBC/Radio-Canada expressed support for key pillars of the national public broadcaster's services and function, including local news and programming, Canadian stories and content, digital services and Canadian talent.

Apr 3, 2018 — News Article

Minister Joly Announces New Appointments to CBC/Radio-Canada

Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage announces the appointment of Catherine Tait to the position of President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CBC/Radio-Canada.

Apr 2, 2018 — News Article

Bernhard: Canada must protect itself from big tech companies

FRIENDS' Executive Director says Google, Facebook and the other tech giants constitute the biggest threat to Canada’s independence and cultural sovereignty since Hollywood.

Apr 1, 2018 — News Article

Trudeau simply waving goodbye to Canada’s independent news media by Daniel Bernhard

FRIENDS' Executive Director says while rest of the world is pushing back against anti-competitive, tax-avoiding, democracy-flouting, privacy invading corporations such as Facebook, the Trudeau Liberals have yet to take any meaningful action. 

Mar 24, 2018 — News Article

Facebook has 'an enormous number of very serious questions to answer': Goodale

Amid allegations that the personal data of 50 million Facebook users was improperly accessed as part of a plot to influence voters ahead of the U.S. election, Canada’s Public Safety minister says the social media giant could be more forthcoming with governments when it comes to information about data security.

Mar 22, 2018 — News Article

As A Senator, Here's Why I Believe The Government Should Fund Journalism by Raymonde Saint-Germain

Most experts agreed that a medley of action is needed, both for funding the supply of, and improving the demand for, trusted news.

Mar 14, 2018 — News Article

Mélanie Joly puts internet giants on notice

Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly is warning American internet giants to brace for new legislation that will crack down on threats to Canadian culture.

Mar 13, 2018 — News Article

China to Abolish SAPPRFT, Bring Media Under Closer Government Control by Patrick Brzeski

The proposed changes were unveiled in a new set of documents presented to China's National People’s Congress for deliberation later this week.

Mar 12, 2018 — News Article

We ignore the decline of serious print journalism at our peril by Robin V. Spears

Columnist questions why Canadian politicians are unwilling to support newspapers when they already support broadcast media and magazines.

Mar 8, 2018 — News Article

CPTPP side deals leave door open for Canada to regulate Netflix, experts say by Emily Jackson

The deal comes as the broadcast industry grapples with disruption and industry players are calling for online streaming service regulation.

Mar 1, 2018 — News Article

Budget media provisions disappointing, industry says by Susan Krashinsky Robertson

The funds, which will be handed out by one or more independent, non-governmental organizations, are far less than some had proposed.