All Parliament / Legislation Articles

May 1, 2016 — News Article

Selling us on our own culture by Dan Leger

Columnist says no review of Canadian culture would be complete without deep soul-searching about the fate and future of the CBC

Apr 29, 2016 — News Article

As candidates emerge for Conservative Party presidency, a familiar divide emerges by BJ Siekierski

Columnist says when the Conservative Party holds its convention in Vancouver in late May, it won’t be picking a new leader — it will, however, pick a new National Council from which a new party president will be chosen.

Apr 28, 2016 — News Article

Cultural policy review is long on intentions, short on planning by Kate Taylor

Columnist says that like many of the new Liberal government’s initiatives, the cultural-policy review seems long on good intentions and short on coherent planning.

Apr 28, 2016 — News Article

When you cut the cord, are you killing TV?

Netflix has no Canadian staff and internet-based businesses don't pay into the Canadian Media Fund.

Apr 27, 2016 — News Article

Welcome to a new nightmare in Cancon policy by John Doyle

Columnist says the Heritage Minister cannot legislate excellence into existence, but it can be encouraged.

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

‘Everything’s on the table’ by Daniel LeBlanc

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly announces the launch of public consultations with consumers and content creators with an aim to bring Canada’s cultural properties – everything from the Broadcast Act to the CRTC – into the digital age

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 24, 2016 — News Article

Canada’s cultural policies will be adapted for the digital age, says heritage minister

Heritage Minister says Canada’s cultural policies will be adapted for the digital age.

Apr 24, 2016 — News Article

Making Canadian Culture Go Viral by Omar Ha-Redeye

Columnist says that without legal advice or guidance from the government, countless unknown individuals may have been taken advantage of, or at least intimidated under the new online copyright regime.

Apr 24, 2016 — News Article

Heritage minister says 'digital approach' key in cultural policy review by Morgan Lowrie

Canada's heritage minister says that bringing a "digital approach" to the country's decades-old cultural policies will be one of the cornerstones of her mandate.

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 — News Article

CRTC chair calls out telecom industry for lack of women at hearing by Christin Dobby

During a hearing focused on the problem of high-speed access and affordability, the chairman of Canada’s telecom regulator took a moment this week to call out the lack of women on the panels that have appeared to give evidence.

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.