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Jun 12, 2017 — Opinion Poll

Nanos Research: Trust in news sources and opinions on the CBC

Public opinion research shows that the majority of Canadians care or somewhat care about the decline in the ranks of journalists in Canada, and want the government to take action on the issue.

Jun 12, 2017 — News Release

Nanos Poll: Feds should protect local news and CBC’s independence

A new Nanos poll reveals Canadians place high value on local news, are concerned about the decline of journalism in Canada and want the federal government to actively support local news.

Jun 1, 2017 — News Article

Dispatches from the sewer: Bayne opens up about the media and Mike Duffy by Michael Harris

The lawyer who bested the combined might of the Ontario AG’s office and the RCMP in the criminal trial of Senator Mike Duffy says he was shocked by the uniformed media “maelstrom” that formed against his client — a bias which he says continues to this day.

May 30, 2017 — News Article

Canadian Government Invests $3 Million to Launch Two Creative Hubs by Knowlton Thomas

The investment will support construction, infrastructure upgrades and facility expansion activities for the BC Artscape Society and the Vancity Community Foundation.

May 29, 2017 — Blog Post

Seminar: The Rise of Interactive Media

On May 29, 2017, FRIENDS hosted a seminar on the challenges and opportunities of the rise of interactive media.  Presenters included: Robert McChesney from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Manfred Kops from Universität Köln, Gregory Taylor from the University of Calgary and Zoë Druick from Simon Fraser University.

May 25, 2017 — Blog Post

Response from the CRA to FRIENDS regarding the deductibility of digital advertising expenses

In response to FRIENDS’ January 20, 2017 submission asking the CRA’s views as to whether section 19.1 of the Income Tax Act applies to deny expenses incurred by taxpayers to advertise on foreign internet websites, the Agency responded on May 25, 2017 that an amendment to the law would be necessary in order to apply the rules in section 19.1 to advertising on foreign internet websites.

May 24, 2017 — News Release

Bashing the CBC no recipe for Tory growth

A new set of polls demonstrates that while CBC bashing may be good politics for those vying to lead the federal Conservative Party, this approach will be counter-productive if not dialed back once a new leader seeks support from the general public. 

May 4, 2017 — News Article

Brad Trost's Bill To Privatize CBC Fails Spectacularly By Vote Of 260-6 by Ryan Maloney

A Conservative leadership candidate’s longshot private member’s bill to privatize the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has been overwhelmingly rejected by the House of Commons, including members of his own caucus.

May 1, 2017 — News Article

Net neutrality blowback: Cities say no. Court says whoa. Trumpster blames Canada for not going slow by Kieren McCarthy

Columnist says blowback from the decision to reopen net neutrality rules in America is continuing, with cities, the Washington courts and presidential advisors all piling in.

Mar 23, 2017 — News Article

Budget 2017 – The ‘Innovation’ budget fails the test of innovative leadership by Jim Love

In its analysis of the 2017 budget, FRIENDS says it’s two minutes to midnight for Canadian media, particularly in small and medium markets where a majority of Canadians live.

Mar 22, 2017 — Blog Post

Briefing Note on Budget 2017

Briefing note from FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, on the implications of the 2017 Federal Budget on media, cultural sovereignty and democratic participation.

Feb 28, 2017 — News Article

Kevin O'Leary's little secret: I never wear pants on TV because the CBC is 'run by women'

Press Progress says that according to a 2011 video filmed in front of O'Leary's bathroom mirror, the current front runner in the race to replace Stephen Harper as Conservative leader expresses his frustration about working at a job where "the whole place is run by women" – the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Feb 25, 2017 — News Article

Manning Manifests: CBC a prime target as conference winds down by Kady O'Malley

Columnist says the annual Manning Conference wraps up with a lively discussion on whether to sell the CBC outright, or just scale back its journalistic operations. 

Feb 24, 2017 — News Article

Bannon makes stunning threat to media: We're going to make it worse for you every day by Leslie Saltillo

Columnist says White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon admitted Donald Trump’s goal  in appointing new precarious cabinet members to head protective government agencies like the EPA  is to dismantle and “deconstruct” those organizations altogether. 

Feb 23, 2017 — News Article

Preliminary Report On Culture Stops Short Of Policy Fixes by David Farrell Thu

A glimpse of what Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and her Liberal colleagues have planned to promote Canada’s cultural industries in the next several years is included in a recently released 52-page Ipsos research document.

Feb 23, 2017 — News Article

Everything you need to know about the ‘Netflix Tax’ by Jessica Vomiero

MobileSyrup reaches out to several experts to clarify the different debates around the phrase “Netflix Tax,” and the precedent that these discussions may set for digital legislation in the future.

Feb 22, 2017 — Blog Post

The Conservative Broadcasting Corporation

Seven of the nine 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.

Feb 22, 2017 — News Article

Government must help Canadians thrive in digital universe, report suggests

A report commissioned by the Heritage Department suggests the federal government find new ways to boost Canadian content in a digital world, opening the door to potential new taxes or levies to help struggling producers.

Feb 22, 2017 — News Article

Canada's government shouldn't be in the business of policing 'fake news' by Graeme Gordon

When asked what role can the government should play to support credible sources and counter the fake news phenomenon, columnist says the correct answer should be: none.

Feb 2, 2017 — News Article

Treat media providers equally, but don't pass on costs, Canadians tell Joly by Terry Pedwell

While she vows there will be "no Netflix tax," the Heritage Minister is looking to other countries — particularly around Europe — in trying to determine how to ensure digital streaming and so-called "over-the-top" services contribute to Canada's cultural industries.