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Apr 26, 2016 — Blog Post

The Conservative Broadcasting Corporation

Eight of the ten 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.

CBC Board

Apr 25, 2016 — News Article

Is it possible that Cancon will end at last?

Editorial states says that a well-intentioned government comes along with proposals to drag our regulatory regime into modernity every few years - and opposition quietly mounts from long-entrenched and deep-pocketed interests.

Apr 23, 2016 — News Article

Consultations on Canadian Content in a Digital World

Canadian Heritage seeks input on how to strengthen the creation, discovery and export of Canadian content in a digital world.

Apr 21, 2016 — Policy Brief

Letter to the Minister of Canadian Heritage regarding the CRTC

FRIENDS asks Minister Joly to rescind the ‘mandate’ letter written to the Chair of the CRTC by James Moore on June 18, 2012.

Apr 19, 2016 — News Article

Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly To Give Opening Keynote

The Banff World Media Festival is the world's largest and most important gathering of entertainment industry and digital media executives dedicated to media content development, production, broadcast and distribution within TV and digital media.

Apr 12, 2016 — Policy Brief

The Media and Local Communities

FRIENDS presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on the future of local TV in Canada.

Apr 11, 2016 — News Article

Trudeau’s cabinet style: he gives his ministers ‘as much rope,’ but pulls it back if they do something wrong by Derek Abma

Lobbyist says an influential role is emerging for Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly in this cabinet, adding that she has been particularly proactive in being prepared for and contributing to discussions on all matters that come before cabinet.

Apr 1, 2016 — News Release

Liberals say they’ll crack down on third-party spending in federal elections by Joan Bryden

Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef is vowing to reduce the impact of money on federal politics amid new evidence that advocacy groups are becoming much more active in trying to influence the outcome of elections.

Mar 22, 2016 — News Release

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting to comment on federal budget

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting spokesperson Ian Morrison will be available this afternoon in room 253-D Centre Block on Parliament Hill to comment on the federal budget following its tabling in the House of Commons.

Mar 22, 2016 — News Release

New investment in CBC a welcome first step that makes a non-partisan Board essential

FRIENDS says that the federal government’s new investment in the CBC announced in today’s budget is most welcome, but that the current CBC Board should not be left to its own devices to make decisions about how to use this investment.

Mar 11, 2016 — News Article

CHCH owner under labour code investigation following bankruptcy

The federal government’s labour standards division has launched an investigation into the bankruptcy that put about 170 employees at Hamilton-based CHCH-TV out of work last December, raising the possibility that company directors could be held liable for money owed to staff who were let go.

Mar 4, 2016 — News Article

Forcing pick-and-pay TV was a bad move by the CRTC by Kate Taylor

Columnist says a  Pick-and_Pay is a piece of ill-conceived populism that did not, in the end, make any difference to the election prospects of the departing Tories and won’t actually save consumers much money – but still has the potential to do damage to the Canadian television industry.

Mar 3, 2016 — News Article

Mélanie Joly Criticized For Saying She Prefers Radio-Canada To TVA

Commentators for TVA, which is owned by Quebecor, were quick to criticize her statement, saying she should remain neutral since she's responsible for the CRTC.

Mar 1, 2016 — News Article

Read e-books? Watch Netflix? You're probably a tax cheat by Sean Davidson

Companies that operate outside Canada don't charge either tax on their products, and if those products happen to arrive via the internet, there's really no way for authorities to apply an equivalent fee at the border. 

Feb 29, 2016 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada funding to increase in upcoming budget: heritage minister

Federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly said her government's March 22 budget will restore some funding to the CBC, but in its first year the Liberal Party will not fully undo cuts made by the Conservatives.

Feb 27, 2016 — News Article

Manning Centre Conference 2016: These Federal Tories Are Testing The Waters For Leadership by Stephanie Levitz

Potential candidates for leadership of the federal Conservatives begin staking claims to policy positions ranging from a call for a referendum on pipelines to a rethink of subsidies to the CBC.

Feb 26, 2016 — News Release

Donald Trump vows to rewrite libel laws to make suing media easier

Trump told the press that if he becomes president, he would rewrite US libel laws so that people can "sue you like you'd never get sued before."

Feb 18, 2016 — News Article

Oh, well done, Premier Notley. You just put money in Ezra’s pocket. by Tasha Kheiriddin

Columnist says that at a time when the media universe is imploding, and journalism jobs are being shed left and right, freedom of the press is more important than ever.

Feb 16, 2016 — News Article

State Of Canada's News Media To Be Studied By MPs Again by Jennifer Ditchburn

The Commons committee will embark on an expansive study of "how Canadians, and especially local communities, are informed about local and regional experiences through news, broadcasting, digital and print media.

Feb 15, 2016 — News Article

What do Canadians really want from the CBC? by Barry Kiefl

Columnist says the Liberals made a campaign promise to increase funding of the publicly owned broadcaster by $150-million annually, but CBC has only said the money would be used for “deepening our connection” with Canadians.