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Feb 23, 2018 — Blog Post

FRIENDS urges Canada's Premiers to help "Close the Loophole"

FRIENDS has reached out to Canada's Premiers appealing for them to urge Ottawa to close the tax loophole that encourages Canadian advertisers to spend on foreign online platforms, 80% of which ($4.4 billion per year) travels down a tax-free express lane straight to Google and Facebook in the US.

Feb 17, 2018 — News Article

Jagmeet Singh jouera la carte Netflix à la prochaine élection

Jagmeet Siingh promises that if he is elected, he will force Netflix to pay taxes and that he will fight for tax fairness and stop the unfair advantage granted to internet giants. 

Feb 16, 2018 — News Article

AT&T looking at Trump influence on Time-Warner merger decision; seeks antitrust chief as witness by Gaspard Sebag & David McLaughlin

The head of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, who is suing to block AT&T Inc.’s proposed takeover of Time Warner Inc., said he didn’t discuss the proposed merger with President Donald Trump, whose criticism of the entertainment company’s CNN has sparked speculation that he influenced the decision to seek to block the deal.

Feb 8, 2018 — News Release

FRIENDS announces transition to a new Executive Director and Spokesperson

 

Daniel Bernhard has been appointed to the position of Executive Director and Spokesperson of the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Feb 1, 2018 — News Article

Ottawa’s ‘Studied Indifference’ to Canadian Newspapers Is Undermining Journalism by John Honderich

Columnist says the federal government is ignoring practical solutions that would help struggling newspapers at little cost to the public purse.

Feb 1, 2018 — News Article

Canada’s heritage minister moves to allay fears over Netflix Canada deal by Jeremy Kay

Canadian heritage minister MélanieJoly has moves to allay fears over the recently announced Netflix Canada deal and in particular its impact on French-Canadian culture.

Feb 1, 2018 — News Article

Broadcaster Jesse Wente appointed first director of Canada's new Indigenous Screen Office by Craig Takeuchi

On January 31, Toronto-based broadcaster and cultural-industry leader Jesse Wente was announced as the first director of Canada's Indigenous Screen Office.

Feb 1, 2018 — News Article

Heritage ministry to review Canada’s Broadcasting Act by Vito Pilieci

The Canadian heritage minister said the federal government is still considering how to best deal with international streaming services, like Netflix, as part of a broader overhaul of Canada’s Broadcasting Act.

Jan 29, 2018 — Ad Campaign

Close the Loophole! ad in The Hill Times

This full-page ad, supported by hundreds of Canadians, was placed in "Canada's Politics and Government Newspaper".

RELATED: Jan 26, 2017 — Publication — The Deductibility of Foreign Internet Advertising
The thesis of this paper is that advertising purchased on foreign internet-delivered media that act as broadcast and newspaper services should not continue to be deemed a deductible expense under the Canadian Income TaxAct (ITA).

Jan 28, 2018 — 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.

Jan 28, 2018 — News Article

Most Canadians support government funding for local media, poll finds by Daniel LeBlanc

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly says the Liberal government is preparing an aid package for print media in coming weeks, with an emphasis on local news and innovative technologies.

Dec 29, 2017 — Blog Post

Political Donations by CBC Board Members

Seven Directors have donated to the Conservatives, one Director has donated to the Liberals, one Director has donated to the Liberals, NDP and BQ, and four Directors have not donated to a political party.

Dec 26, 2017 — News Article

Blame Quebec when your Netflix bill goes up by Peter Menzies

Columnist says the preservation and protection of the French language and identity on this continent are so deeply ingrained in every francophone that nothing as petty as a technology revolution can deter its instincts.

Dec 25, 2017 — News Article

Using Billions in Government Cash, Mexico Controls News Media by Azam Ahmed

Columnist says Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration has spent hundreds of millions of dollars a year in government money on advertising, creating what many Mexican media owners, executives and journalists call a presidential branding juggernaut capable of suppressing investigative articles, directing front pages and intimidating newsrooms that challenge it.

Dec 12, 2017 — News Article

Colmatez cette brèche, sauvez nos médias locaux by Ian Morrison

In this open letter, Ian Morrison explains how the government could save local media by demanding a new interpretation of Section 19 of the Income Tax Act so that its dispositions apply to web media in the same way they apply to traditional media.

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.