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Oct 16, 2016 — News Article

GST on Netflix still a possibility as Liberals review cultural production by Laura Payton

Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly won't force streaming services like Netflix to pay into the Canada Media Fund, but all other options are open - including charging GST - as her department reviews the country's cultural production.

Oct 14, 2016 — News Article

Stop the federal government before it taxes everything on the Internet by John Tabish

Michael Geist, the University of Ottawa professor and Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, says new digital taxes will not solve the troubles faced by the news and broadcasting industry.

Oct 12, 2016 — News Article

Liberals host Toronto consultation over CanCon by Alicja Siekierska

Canada’s heritage minister Mélanie Joly urges participants at a consultation session in  Toronto to “be bold” as the country grapples with ensuring Canadian content thrives in the digital world.

Oct 8, 2016 — News Article

Trudeau government OK's tax credit for TV talk shows by Elizabeth Thompson

Heritage Minister says opening tax credits to the talk show genre will stimulate job creation in the sector.

Oct 3, 2016 — News Article

Political memoirs reveal Downing Street bids to control the BBC under David Cameron by Dominic Ponsford

Former cabinet minister Ken Clarke has claimed that the Downing Street press office falsely told the BBC he was ill to try to stop him appearing on Question Time.

Sep 29, 2016 — News Article

Canadian media ‘crisis’ puts democracy at risk, says Torstar chair John Honderich by Bruce Campion-Smith

Torstar chair tells MPs that Canadian media are facing a “crisis” as market forces shrink newsrooms, leaving fewer journalists to report the news vital to a vibrant democracy.

Sep 26, 2016 — News Article

Heritage Minister says she will not reverse Cancon rules for TV industry by Ian Bailey

Federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly says Canada’s TV production sector, alarmed at new CRTC regulations that reduce the need to hire Canadians to obtain funding, should not count on her for any immediate help to reverse the situation.

Sep 23, 2016 — News Article

Trost's views a pathetic embarrassment by Murray Mandryk

Columnist says that Brad Trost’s Conservative leadership bid is quickly becoming an embarrassment to his federal party.

Sep 22, 2016 — News Article

Looking beyond philanthrojournalism by Patricia W. Elliott

Columnist says Ottawa shouldn’t be let off the hook of a historically-mandated commitment to ensure Canadians enjoy equitable cross-country access to media that reflects our lives.

Sep 22, 2016 — News Article

Looking beyond philanthrojournalism by Patricia W. Elliott

Columnist says Ottawa shouldn’t be let off the hook of a historically-mandated commitment to ensure Canadians enjoy equitable cross-country access to media that reflects our lives.

Sep 17, 2016 — News Article

How TV made Pierre Trudeau a celebrity and political force by Paul Litt

It was television that first introduced Trudeau to the public, put him on the leadership radar screen with its coverage of his legal reforms, and made him a national celebrity in the opening weeks of 1968.

Sep 15, 2016 — News Article

Remarks for Hubert T. Lacroix at PBI Montréal 2016

CBC President introduces Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, and refers to her as "my minister".

Sep 12, 2016 — News Article

An Open Letter to Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly by Kevin McMahon

Filmmaker Kevin McMahon says the government should be involved in culture in order to serve the public good and says Canada’s creators have a deep understanding of how and of why publicly-motivated culture produces enriching, crowd-pleasing excellence.

Sep 7, 2016 — News Article

Why clicking on this story about Indigenous people matters by Neil Macdonald

MMIW inquiry has a big challenge persuading non-Native Canadians to pay sustained attention.

Aug 29, 2016 — News Article

Farewell Stephen Harper, master of attack ads by John Doyle

Columnist reflects on Stephen Harper’s media legacy.

Aug 23, 2016 — News Article

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly urges change at CBC, CRTC to boost Canadian content in digital age

Heritage Minister says Canada's cultural and creative industries are important drivers of innovation and a vibrant part of the Canadian economy.

Aug 21, 2016 — News Article

Les ministres fédéraux ne boycotteront pas Normandeau

Even though Nathalie Normandeau - former vice-prime minister under de Charest Québec government- is facing accusations of fraud, corruption and breach of trust, the new radio show she will be hosting will start airing in September.  If Quebec elected officials unanimously declare they will boycott her interview requests, most federal M.Ps. see things in a different light. 

Aug 19, 2016 — News Article

When the sunny ways are so bright, journalists need shades by Andrew McDougall

Columnist says Trudeau's strong narrative of "sunny ways" lets him off the hook where others would be vilified by the media. 

Aug 5, 2016 — Policy Brief

Pre-Budget Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

FRIENDS offers recommendations to the government on its tax and CRTC policies, including requiring Netflix and other foreign OTT services to collect sales taxes, as their Canadian competitors must do.

Jul 6, 2016 — Blog Post

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau regarding merit­‐based and independent appointments to CBC's Board

FRIENDS has commissioned a legal opinion from two experts in broadcasting and media law, Peter H. Miller and Brian MacLeod Rogers on options for how the Liberal government's commitment might be achieved.