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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.

Feb 12, 2016 — News Article

Internet-only content could drastically limit Canada's cultural policy options by Michael Geist

Columnist says that while he is not supporter of extending CanCon contributions to companies like Netflix, including such a restriction within a trade agreement is bad policy.

Feb 7, 2016 — News Article

Does the TPP Protect Canadian Cultural Policy? by Peter Grant

Author says there is an inherent conflict between free trade agreements and cultural policy.

Feb 6, 2016 — News Article

Government to the newspaper industry’s rescue? No thanks by Terence Corcoran

Columnist says the roots of the idea that governments can and should own, subsidize, licence and otherwise meddle in the business of freedom of the press run deep with the central claim being that the right to freedom belongs to the government and is only bestowed on individuals and groups under licence and forebearance.

Feb 5, 2016 — News Article

Four steps the Liberal government must take now that the TPP is signed by Michael Geist

Columnist says that while the Liberal government has been cautious about expressing its support -- International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland has been consistent in calling for consultation not conclusions -- the decision to sign the TPP was never much in doubt.

Feb 2, 2016 — News Article

Mulcair Criticizes 'Unacceptable' Possibility Liberals Won't Boost CBC Budget by Nicole Thompson

Thomas Mulcair and an NDP critic are expressing concern over a published interview where Canada's heritage minister appeared to leave open the possibility that the Liberals may back down from their campaign promise to raise the CBC's budget by $150 million.

Feb 1, 2016 — News Article

Melanie Joly, Heritage Minister, Vows CBC Help After Years Of 'Planned Demolition' by Zi-Ann Lum

The NDP pressed the federal government over its platform pledge to boost funding to CBC/Radio-Canada, days after the heritage minister hinted Liberals could renege on the marquee campaign promise.

Feb 1, 2016 — News Article

Thomas Mulcair urges Mélanie Joly to keep promise to restore CBC's funding by Nicole Thompson

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair has written an open letter to federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly urging her to keep the Liberal promise of restoring $150 million in funding to CBC/Radio-Canada.

Jan 31, 2016 — News Article

Mulcair Criticizes 'Unacceptable' Possibility Liberals Won't Boost CBC Budget by Nicole Thompson

Thomas Mulcair and an NDP critic are expressing concern over a published interview where Canada's heritage minister appeared to leave open the possibility that the Liberals may back down from their campaign promise to raise the CBC's budget by $150 million.