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All Parliament / Legislation Articles — 2003

Dec 20, 2003 — News Article

Illegal dish? Watch your back by Barbara Shecter

Cable companies are planning a snitch line that will reward people for reporting dealers, and even neighbours, suspected of pirating U.S. satellite television services.

Nov 23, 2003 — News Article

Courting the West by Graham Fraser

Paul Martin may find it difficult to balance both Western Canada's and Quebec's interests.

Nov 17, 2003 — Blog Post

Response to letter from Lise Lareau, Canadian Media Guild

Friends' Spokesperson Ian Morrison responds to a letter from Lise Lareau, President of the Canadian Media Guild concerning Friends' position on the current vote by CBC's non-Quebec employees to choose between the Guild (Local 30219, Communications Workers of America) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, a Canadian union.

Nov 15, 2003 — News Article

Canadian film-makers get tax break on domestic work by Michael McCullough

Proposed tax breaks and tax credits for domestic producers are expected to help offset the $25 million cut to the Canadian Television Fund in the last federal budget.

Nov 11, 2003 — News Article

Attitudes Towards Canadian Media

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters and the Canadian Newspaper Association have jointly released a Decima poll on Canadians' attitudes towards their communications media, showing that Canadians believe that government has a role to play in preserving Canadian content in the media.

Nov 11, 2003 — News Article

Poll shows Canadians rely on their media in times of democratic deficit

Poll on Canadian media indicates that a significant majority of Canadians say maintaining a strong domestic media industry is an important agenda item for the new federal government.

Nov 11, 2003 — News Article

Broadcasters blame Rock for lack of anti-piracy law by Richard Blackwell

Broadcasters deride Allan Rock for failing to ensure that new satellite signal theft legislation was passed before the end of the last session of Parliament.

Nov 10, 2003 — News Article

CAB and CNA announce results from National Poll

Results of poll commissioned by Canadian Association of Broadcasters and Canadian Newspaper Association on Canadian views towards the media.

Nov 7, 2003 — News Article

Copps calls for review into media ownership by Simon Tuck

FRIENDS expects that Sheila Copps' response to the House of Commons Heritage Committee report will have limited impact given the pending change of government.

Nov 6, 2003 — News Article

Government of Canada Remains Committed to a Strong Canadian Broadcasting System

Response of the Government of Canada to the report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, "Our Cultural Sovereignty".

Nov 6, 2003 — News Release

Media Briefing Note: Government response to "Our Cultural Sovereignty"

FRIENDS awaits Heritage Canada's response to the 97 recommendations contained in the two-year, all-party House of Commons Heritage Committee report on the Canadian broadcasting system.

Oct 29, 2003 — News Article

Too much TV impairs reading, study suggests by Gloria Galloway

New U.S. study suggests that excessive media exposure could impair children's reading skills.

Oct 24, 2003 — News Article

'The pews are empty,' CBC told by Norma Greenaway

Senators tell CBC Chair Carole Taylor that Canadians think CBC is biased and not relevant to their lives.

Oct 22, 2003 — News Article

The CBC is worth fighting for by Carole Taylor

CBC Chair Carole Taylor says adequate, stable funding is necessary for CBC to fulfill its mandate.

Oct 22, 2003 — News Article

TV dishes may be seized at U.S. border by Ian Jack

Government introduces bill containing tough new measures to stem satellite signal piracy in Canada.

Oct 21, 2003 — News Article

TV satellite pirates will face harsher penalties by Ian Jack

Tough new measures proposed to combat satellite TV piracy.

Oct 16, 2003 — News Article

What to do with Copps?

Minister of Heritage Sheila Copps seems likely to lose her Cabinet position when Paul Martin becomes Prime Minister.

Oct 15, 2003 — News Article

Senate demands equal TV time by Jack Aubry

Canada's Senate seeks to improve its time slots on CPAC to be on par with the House of Commons.

Oct 15, 2003 — News Article

Our tax laws limit the marketplace of ideas by Hugh Segal

The Tax Act's arcane definition of 'charity' limits advocacy and freedom of expression for many non-profit organizations.

Sep 26, 2003 — News Article

Cabinet for dropping telco rules by Ian Jack and Mark Evans

Federal government believes dropping foreign ownership restrictions on telecommunications companies would benefit the industry.

Sep 26, 2003 — News Article

Telco's foreign ownership cap is melting: Cabinet says it should go by Ian Jack and Mark Evans

Government believes dropping foreign ownership restrictions on telecommunications companies would benefit the industry.

Sep 22, 2003 — News Article

Martin coronation assured by Campbell Clark and Jane Taber

November leadership convention becomes formality as Paul Martin garners over 90 per cent of vote among Liberal Party delegates.

Sep 17, 2003 — News Release

Draft Speaking Notes - Launch of Let’s Tell Our Own Stories Campaign

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting launches "Let's Tell Our Own Stories" campaign.

Sep 17, 2003 — News Release

Let’s Tell Our Own Stories

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting launches advertising campaign to underscore the need to tell Canadian stories on television.

Sep 15, 2003 — News Article

Boudria says it’s PM’s prerogative to adjourn early by Paco Francoli

Prorogation of Parliament in November would put many federal initiatives in limbo, including Heritage Committee’s landmark report on Canadian broadcasting.

Sep 15, 2003 — News Article

Révision de la radiodiffusion canadienne par Clifford Lincoln

Near unanimous recommendations of a two-year, all-party review of Canada's broadcasting system should not be ignored.

Sep 15, 2003 — News Article

The Broadcast Act needs teeth by Clifford Lincoln

Near unanimous recommendations of a two-year, all-party review of Canada's broadcasting system should not be ignored.

Sep 13, 2003 — News Article

Two-headed government: a Canadian first by Jeffrey Simpson

Paul Martin's imminent appointment as Liberal Leader will result in a Prime Minister who is not a party leader, and a party leader who is not Prime Minister.

Sep 13, 2003 — News Article

Martin rakes in $9-million by Campbell Clark

Paul Martin has reportedly tallied more than $9-million in Liberal leadership campaign contributions, more than twice the party's spending limit.

Sep 6, 2003 — News Article

Ottawa takes aim at TV piracy: Tougher penalties by Barbara Shecter

The federal government plans to introduce legislation toughening penalties and increasing border controls to combat piracy of satellite television signals.

Sep 6, 2003 — News Article

Ottawa to tackle satellite piracy by Richard Blackwell

The federal government plans to introduce legislation toughening penalties and increasing border controls to combat piracy of satellite television signals.

Sep 2, 2003 — News Article

Journal argues against allowing drug ads by André Picard

The Canadian Medical Association Journal is opposed to Health Canada allowing prescription drug makers to advertise, including on television.

Sep 2, 2003 — News Article

Drug makers shouldn't advertise, journal says by Elaine Carey

The Canadian Medical Association Journal is opposed to Health Canada allowing prescription drug makers to advertise.

Aug 21, 2003 — News Article

Satellite pirates may abandon broadcast fight: Consitutional challenge by Barbara Shecter

Black market satellite TV equipment vendors may be dropping a tenuous constitutional argument to have satellite television piracy declared legal.

Aug 21, 2003 — News Article

FCC plans to bolster local media by David Ho

FCC Chairman Michael Powell plans measures to ensure television stations serve local viewers.

Jul 31, 2003 — Blog Post

FRIENDS' LETTER TO SHEILA COPPS

FRIENDS calls on the Minister of Canadian Heritage to open the process of consultation on the future of the Canadian Television Fund to public input.

Jul 12, 2003 — News Article

Paul Martin has 170 unpaid experts by Alexander Panetta

Paul Martin's leadership team is fashioning the next Liberal election platform with an unprecedented number of policy advisers.

Jul 9, 2003 — News Article

Copps cuts magazine dollars by Sandra Martin

Heritage Minister Sheila Copps intends to fund more Canadian periodicals with less money.

Jul 9, 2003 — News Article

Ottawa cuts magazines' subsidies: Focus shifts smaller by Sean Silcoff

The federal government is cutting millions in subsidies paid to large magazine publishers.

Jul 7, 2003 — News Article

FCC media rules' unexpected boon by Ron Orol

The Federal Communications Commission has unveiled several previously unannounced measures hidden in its new rules that could permit additional television station consolidation.

Jul 6, 2003 — News Article

Does Canadian TV have a future? by David Taras

David Taras explains that the future of Canadian television may depend on whether the federal government decides to implement the Heritage Committee's recommendations for a major overhaul of the system.

Jul 4, 2003 — News Article

Copps' assistant registers Liberals' latest ethical lapse

Heritage Minister Sheila Copps' executive assistant leaving his post to become Canadian Association of Broadcasters' vice-president for external and government relations is the Liberals' latest ethical mistake.

Jul 3, 2003 — News Article

Corporate donors' last call by Anne Dawson and Bill Curry

Corporations in regulated industries donated large amounts of money to the Liberal party last year.

Jul 3, 2003 — News Article

Ottawa could permit prescription drug ads: 'High time we look at this' by Ian Jack

The federal government is considering allowing pharmaceutical companies to advertise prescription drugs, including on radio and television.

Jul 3, 2003 — News Article

Copps' aide job offer questioned by MP

Opposition MPs are calling for Heritage Minister Sheila Copps's senior aide to decline a job offer from the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, which directly lobbies the Heritage department.

Jul 3, 2003 — News Article

Critics call for Copps aide to pass on job offer by Bill Curry

Opposition MPs are calling for Heritage Minister Sheila Copps's senior aide to decline a job offer from the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, which directly lobbies the Heritage department.

Jul 2, 2003 — News Article

Listen up, Canada by Matthew Mendelsohn

Government cultural policy is oblivious to young Canadians.

Jul 2, 2003 — News Article

Opposition MPs take aim at job offer to Copps aide by Bill Curry

Opposition MPs are calling for Heritage Minister Sheila Copps's senior aide to decline a job offer from the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, which directly lobbies the Heritage department.

Jul 1, 2003 — News Article

Senate's doing one of the most ambitious media studies in history by Molly Amoli K. Shinhat

The Senate Transport and Communications Committee's study of Canadian media is one of the most ambitious of its kind. FRIENDS sees a "potential virtuous link" between the Senate study and the Heritage Committee's recent report on the Canadian broadcasting system.

Jun 27, 2003 — News Article

Report author says Ottawa should act on cultural plan

Clifford Lincoln, chair of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, says the plethora of studies released this year on the state of Canadian broadcasting demand the government's attention.

Jun 26, 2003 — News Article

TV report author confident government will listen to funding recommendations by John McKay

Clifford Lincoln, author of the 872-page committee report entitled Our Cultural Sovereignty, is confident his report will stand the test of time and hopes it serves as an incentive for the government to act.

Jun 23, 2003 — News Article

Filmmakers upset at Quebec funding cuts by Brendan Kelly

Quebec cinema is booming, yet the provincial government is cutting funding for film and TV production.

Jun 23, 2003 — News Article

Heritage report: major fix needed by Leo Rice-Barker

A report on the Heritage Committee's 872-page study of the Canadian broadcasting system, including reactions from broadcasters and from Trina McQueen, author of a recent study on Canadian drama.

Jun 20, 2003 — News Article

Cultural community needs tough love by Fazil Mihlar

Fazil Mihlar argues that rather than supporting Canadian media with taxpayers' money, the federal government should force the country's media to become more responsive to the needs of their customers.

Jun 18, 2003 — News Article

Publishers call for drug ads, end to GST by Graham Fraser

The Canadian Newspaper Association told a Senate committee studying the state of the Canadian news media to exempt reading material from GST and loosen restrictions on pharmaceutical advertising.

Jun 15, 2003 — News Article

Survivor guilt sets in as journalists jettisoned by Graham Fraser

Media moguls are disappointed with heritage committee's recommendations for Canadian broadcasting.

Jun 11, 2003 — News Release

Heritage Committee Breaks New Ground

Friends' response to the report on the Canadian broadcasting system tabled in Parliament today by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

Jun 11, 2003 — News Article

Our Cultural Sovereignty - The Second Century of Canadian Broadcasting

House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage tables the Lincoln Report on the Canadian broadcasting system - proposes viable and creative solutions and provides a road map for the future.

Jun 7, 2003 — News Article

TV fund reallocation yet to be decided by James Adams

Who gets what from the $12.5-million that Finance Minister John Manley agreed to "restore" to the Canadian Television Fund has yet to be decided.

May 28, 2003 — News Article

Ideologically Broad Coalition Assails F.C.C. Media Plan by Stephen Labaton

A coalition of both conservative and liberal organizations condemn a plan by the Federal Communications Commission to relax the rules that have restricted the nation's largest media conglomerates from growing bigger.

May 24, 2003 — News Article

Invest more in TV drama, feds urged

Incentives recommended by a new report on Canadian drama would reward the efforts of writers and writer-producers to build audiences for their programs.

May 1, 2003 — Blog Post

Dialogue on Foreign Policy

Friends asks Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham to consider culture and its ambassadors, trade, democratic values in revitalizing Canadian foreign policy

Apr 29, 2003 — News Article

Why the Senate is taking on the Canadian media by Joan Fraser

The Senate committee on transport and communications will study how media concentration affects the "quality, diversity and usefulness of information, analysis and opinion" available to Canadians.

Apr 28, 2003 — News Article

War over culture still rages by Matthew Fraser

It's one thing for a parliamentary committee to recommend changes in ownership rules and another for "government" to implement them. Recommendations from the Canadian Heritage Committee on broadcasting and from the Senate on media concentration could get in the way.

Apr 25, 2003 — News Article

Why ever did Manley cut the Canadian TV Fund? by Jeffrey Simpson

The federal government's decision to cut $25-million from the Canadian Television Fund was deliberate but its rationale remains a mystery.

Apr 18, 2003 — News Article

Who you gonna call about the cash and the crawl? by John Doyle

Those upset with cuts to Canadian shows like This Hour Has 22 Minutes should complain to the Minister of Finance, John Manley, not to Heritage Minister Sheila Copps.

Apr 17, 2003 — News Article

Manley to blame for cuts to TV funding: Copps

Heritage Minister Sheila Copps says she didn't cut $25 million from the Canadian Television Fund, Finance Minister John Manley did. It's not quite what she said in February.

Apr 16, 2003 — News Article

Actors, producers stage protest by Jim Bawden

550 fewer hours of Canadian programming will be produced if the cuts to the Canadian Television Fund and the resulting funding decisions are allowed to stand.

Apr 16, 2003 — News Article

More doomsday rhetoric over funding cuts by John McKay

The Canadian Television Fund decisions will have massive repercussions on the quantity and quality of Canadian programming produced and exhibited.

Apr 16, 2003 — News Article

The TV tribe doth protest too little by John Doyle

The producers/actors' press conference opposing the cuts to the Canadian Television Fund lacked "passion, rage and raw feeling" – just like Canadian television.

Apr 16, 2003 — News Article

Actors, writers fight back by James Adams

Some believe the government was unaware of the consequences of cutting $25 million in Canadian production funding from the Canadian Television Fund.

Apr 16, 2003 — News Article

Canadians seek funding return by Etan Vlessing

The production of distinctly Canadian programming may collapse if funding cut from the Canadian Television Funding is not restored, say Canadian producers, broadcasters and actors.

Apr 15, 2003 — News Article

Funding move threatens Red Green, 22 Minutes by James Adams and Gayle MacDonald

Numerous hallmark Canadian television shows have been denied production funding from the Canadian Television Fund due to cuts announced in February's federal budget.

Mar 13, 2003 — Blog Post

Federal Budget Victimizes CBC - More Cuts Coming

Despite promise of $60 million in extra federal funds, CBC will have to make cuts

Mar 6, 2003 — Blog Post

Letter to the Minister of Finance Re: CBC Funding

Friends asks John Manley to confirm Sheila Copps’ promised $60 million in extra CBC funding

Feb 18, 2003 — Policy Brief

Oral Presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science & Technology on Foreign Ownership in the Telecommunications Sector

Remarks by to Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology opposing relaxation of foreign ownership restrictions for cable companies.