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Dec 13, 2017 — Campaign

Let's close the tax loophole and save local media

Giant American companies such as Google, Facebook, YouTube and many others are sucking the lifeblood out of Canada’s media economy – threatening the very future of our local TV, newspapers and radio stations – even hurting the CBC. A loophole in Canada’s tax system is actually making this happen.

Please send a message to Prime Minister Trudeau asking for this loophole to be closed.

Dec 8, 2017 — News Article

Netflix tax decision is up to Finance Minister Morneau, Heritage Minister Joly says

The streaming services has pledged $500 million for Canadian content, but Quebec’s finance minister is urging Ottawa to join the province in taxing foreign online businesses.

Dec 7, 2017 — News Article

Threat to net neutrality also threatens Canadian startups, says founder by Danny Bradbury

The Federal Communications Commission will vote on a draft set of proposals called the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, created by Donald Trump-appointed chairman Ajit Pai.

Dec 4, 2017 — News Article

Why would we trust Facebook to safeguard our democracies? by Nick Zarzycki

Columnist says that far from trusting Facebook, Canadians should be increasingly wary of the extent to which the platform has paralyzed Canada’s ability to protect its own democratic institutions.

Dec 4, 2017 — News Article

Closing tax loophole needed to save local media by Ian Morrison

FRIENDS spokesperson says that as alarm bells ring across the country about the troubled state of Canadian media and local news, policy-makers have overlooked a surprisingly obvious and accessible fix.

Dec 1, 2017 — News Article

CBC’s digital shift is helping to kill local news outlets by Barrie McKenna

Postmedia executive chairman Paul Godfrey says the spark for the latest wave of newspaper closures was Ottawa's rejection of a bailout for the industry.

Dec 1, 2017 — Policy Brief

CRTC call for comments on the Governor in Council’s request for a report on future programming distribution models

In a submission to the CRTC, FRIENDS says that it is only fair that foreign internet media contribute to Canadian content.  

Nov 28, 2017 — News Article

Heritage minister accused of doing ‘nothing’ for newspapers after Torstar-Postmedia deal by Alex Ballingall

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly came under fire Tuesday when opposition MPs accused her of failing to protect Canada’s struggling print news industry, one day after a deal between two media companies involving 41 newspapers resulted in the closure of almost three dozen publications.

Nov 9, 2017 — News Article

Federal government blocking social media users, deleting posts by Elizabeth Thompson

Canadian government departments have quietly blocked nearly 22,000 Facebook and Twitter users, with Global Affairs Canada accounting for nearly 20,000 of the blocked accounts, CBC News has learned.

Nov 8, 2017 — News Article

Quebec will tax services of Netflix, other foreign online firms: finance minister by Philip Authier

In a letter sent to federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Quebec's Finance Minister signalled his intention to go where Ottawa won’t and apply the Quebec sales tax to services provided by Netflix and other firms doing business in Quebec without actually having retail outlets here.

Nov 8, 2017 — News Article

Quebec ready to go it alone with tax on companies like Netflix by Marilla Steuter-Martin

Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao is proposing a co-ordinated effort with Ottawa to tax online businesses that don't have a significant presence in Quebec.

Oct 24, 2017 — News Article

We need a ‘Joly’ tax to put Canadian TV on equal footing by Barry Kiefl

The president of Canadian Media Research says that if a “Netflix tax” is off the table, then Canada needs a Mélanie Joly tax, equivalent to a TV/internet licence fee, with the revenue used to fund a commercial-free CBC, private TV production and other media.

Oct 23, 2017 — News Article

Canada needs to follow Quebec lead on taxing Netflix by Rosalie Wyonch

Columnist says the federal government’s stubbornness not to make Canadians pay the GST on their Netflix subscription is hindering any progress on the much greater problem of GST collection by foreign digital service companies.

Oct 20, 2017 — News Article

The Liberal government ignores even its own MPs on supporting Canadian news by Bob Cox

Columnist says the Liberals politely rejected nearly everything the Heritage committee recommended.

Oct 20, 2017 — News Article

Canada's official languages commission to investigate Netflix deal

Canada's Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages is opening an investigation into the $500-million deal between the Canadian government and Netflix.

Oct 20, 2017 — News Article

Netflix Is Just Part One Of Melanie Joly's Vision For Canadian Content by Tim Southam

Two weeks ago, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly unveiled her vision for cultural policy in the internet age.

Oct 19, 2017 — News Article

Tax Netflix but no Netflix tax by David Charbonneau

Columnist says Netflix should be taxed, not only because similar Canadian services are taxed but because revenue collected would pay for Canadian content.

Oct 19, 2017 — News Article

A cultural policy that overlooks multiculturalism by George Abraham

Columnist says the federal government missed an opportunity with its new cultural policy framework to support ethnic media and greater diversity in other newsrooms.

Oct 10, 2017 — News Article

Netflix in campaign to ‘set record straight’ on $500-million pledge for Canadian productions by Daniel Leblanc

The streaming service and the federal government have faced a series of attacks over the fact the company does not pay sales taxes in Canada and refuses to submit to any quotas on its television productions in the country.

Oct 10, 2017 — News Article

Why is Mélanie Joly ignoring the crisis in Canadian journalism? by Sara Bannerman

Columnist says the federal government’s new framework for cultural policy offers virtually no new support to Canadian news production, one of the most important and most threatened foundations of Canadian democracy.