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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.

Oct 10, 2017 — News Article

Joly’s right decision, wrong reasoning on Canadian news media by Marc Edge

Columnist says Heritage Minister Melanie Joly was right to reject a bailout for legacy news media in Canada, but she was wrong about them being unviable.

Oct 9, 2017 — News Article

Will the Netflix, Inc. Deal Sink Canadian Media Stocks? by Ambrose O’Callaghan

The Canadian government has come to an agreement with streaming giant Netflix, Inc. to invest $500 million to produce original Canadian content.

Oct 4, 2017 — News Article

Quebec Moves to Tax Netflix, Amazon, Other U.S. Streaming Services by Etan Vlessing

The Canadian province is questioning Netflix's avoiding a federal sales tax by agreeing to invest $400 million in local series like 'Alias Grace.'

Oct 3, 2017 — News Article

Ottawa's New Vision Gives Me Genuine Hope For Canadian Entertainment by Maureen Parker

Columnist says Netflix will be spending as much money on Canadian content per year as Bell Media and Corus Entertainment - broadcasters who have benefited from corporate protections and who have received subsidies.

Oct 3, 2017 — News Article

Welcome, Netflix: Cancon in the digital age by L. Ian MacDonald

Columnist says we’re living in a world where the CRTC is the regulatory equivalent of the Maginot Line: Digital content providers can just fly right over it.

Sep 28, 2017 — News Release

Media Advisory

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting spokesperson Ian Morrison will be available to comment this afternoon following the release of Minister Joly’s report on Canadian content in the digital age. 

Sep 28, 2017 — News Release

Joly tinkers

After two years of study and consultation, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has come up with only a few modest steps to boost Canadian content, according to FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.

Sep 28, 2017 — Blog Post

DigiCanCon Report Card

FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting has given Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s long-awaited Creative Canada Policy Framework an overall barely passing grade of C-.  The core challenge the policy failed to address is the crisis facing local media in Canada as a result of the exponential growth of internet advertising – which is siphoning revenue from Canadian media to foreign internet giants. 

Sep 25, 2017 — News Article

Chrystia Freeland to stress importance of cultural protections at NAFTA dinner

Foreign affairs minister will host U.S. and Mexican counterparts at National Arts Centre in Ottawa.