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Oct 23, 2014 — News Article

Justin Trudeau on Arts and Culture

The Liberal leader describes why Canadian culture matters.

Oct 17, 2014 — Blog Post

Conservative Broadcasting Corporation

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

Oct 8, 2014 — News Article

Ottawa seeks use of news footage without permission in political ads by Steven Chase

The Harper government is preparing to alter copyright law in Canada so politicians can use news footage and other journalistic content for attack ads and campaign spots without asking broadcasters or publishers for permission.

Oct 3, 2014 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2014-190, CRTC Let’s Talk TV Proceeding - Final Submission

Final comments on the CRTC's Let’s Talk TV hearings on the future of television in Canada.

Sep 30, 2014 — Blog Post

Letter to the editor: Re” Thinking outside the idiot box” (September 27)

FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, responds to a Globe and Mail editorial claiming that the CRTC needs to start thinking outside the "idiot box" if it wants to play a meaningful role in Canadians’ lives.

Sep 24, 2014 — News Article

Interference by PMO emboldened Netflix against broadcast regulator, experts say by Terry Pedwell

New media expert Michael Geist says Netflix's refusal to hand over requested consumer data to the CRTC calls into question the very authority of the broadcast regulator to institute any rules governing Internet-based video service providers.

Sep 16, 2014 — Blog Post

Harper on "Pick and Pay" and the "Netflix Tax"

Prime Minister Harper addresses the Conservative Party caucus and says his government would “oppose any tax on services like Netflix and YouTube.”

Sep 15, 2014 — News Article

Harper backs pick-and-pay TV options by James Bradshaw

Columnist says Prime Minister Stephen Harper has waded into the debate over the future of Canada’s television industry, using a high-profile speech to press for pick-and-pay options that would let viewers buy only the channels they choose.

Sep 10, 2014 — Opinion Poll

Views on Local News in Five “At Risk” Markets

In order to understand the nuance of opinion related to TV broadcasting in Canada among communities which may be affected by changes in Canada’s broadcasting rules, Nanos conducted a special study of communities “at risk” of either scaled back local news or of their local TV station closing.

Sep 8, 2014 — News Release

Bad for consumers and citizens

FRIENDS says proposed changes to broadcasting regulations up for discussion starting this morning would not be good for Canadian broadcasting and they won't do consumers any favours either.

Sep 6, 2014 — Ad Campaign

Full page ad in Le Devoir

In advance of CRTC hearings that could radically transform the country’s television system, the views of Canadians are expressed in this full-page, french language ad in Le Devoir.

Aug 25, 2014 — News Article

Tory MP's Claim That CBC Isn't Being Cut Featured In New Ad by Michael Bolen

While CBC President and CEO Hubert Lacroix did blame softening advertising revenue and "disappointing" ratings when announcing the latest round of cutbacks, he also mentioned the government cuts.

Aug 25, 2014 — News Release

"Whopper" goes national

FRIENDS launches radio ad campaign featuring the actual voice of a Winnipeg Conservative MP declaring that the Harper government has NOT cut the CBC’s budget.

Aug 25, 2014 — Ad Campaign

"Whopper" - National radio ad campaign

Radio ads broadcast cities across Canada featuring the actual voice of a Winnipeg Conservative MP declaring that the Harper government has NOT cut the CBC’s budget.

Aug 20, 2014 — Blog Post

We Vote CBC in Edmonton Centre

On Aug 19, FRIENDS volunteers were out in full force at a Liberal Party rally in Edmonton Centre.

Aug 5, 2014 — News Article

Conservative MP caught on tape: "We are not making cuts to the CBC"

Manitoba Conservative MP Joyce Bateman says the government is not making cuts to the CBC and that they have stable funding stating "we are giving them as much taxpayer money as they ever have received."

Jul 22, 2014 — News Article

Ofcom Report on Internet safety measures

Ofcom in the UK has published a Report for the UK government outlining a series of safety measures designed to ensure family-friendly viewing for children, which have been agreed with the pincipal UK broadband providers.

Jul 22, 2014 — News Article

Glover staffers remove ugly details from Wikipedia Elections Canada dispute cut from site by Oliver Sachgau

Columnist says staff of Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover anonymously edited her Wikipedia page to remove controversial details about her run-ins with Elections Canada.

Jul 16, 2014 — News Article

New Canadian Work Permit Rules Threaten Hollywood Shoots by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says recent changes to Canada's Temporary Foreign Workers Program threaten to leave Hollywood actors, directors and other key crew hired to work here stranded at the border.

Jul 16, 2014 — News Article

Rogers: Warrant Needed From Now On For Subscriber by Daniel Tencer

The country’s second-largest telecom by revenue released its first-ever transparency report last month, which showed Rogers got nearly 175,000 requests for information from the government in 2013, or about 480 requests per day.