All Parliament / Legislation Articles — 2004

Dec 22, 2004 — News Article

Hooray for the funding -- shame about the dance by Kate Taylor

Article says that the cultural sector should not have to rally the troops, demonstrate its importance and show undying gratitude just to maintain its funding.

Dec 20, 2004 — News Article

Sénateurs au travail by Paul Cauchon

The Senate Transport and Communications Committee will release a report on how legislation could improve the quality of Canadian media and help to counter the worrysome trend towards media concentration.

Dec 14, 2004 — News Article

Emerson awaits bureaucratic advice on telecom sector by Paul Vieira

Industry Canada officials expected to advise Industry Minister early in 2005 on whether to make major changes to the Telecommunications Act.

Dec 13, 2004 — News Article

Moving Forward: Balancing Priorities and Making Choices for the Economy of the Twenty-First Century

Culture section of the pre-budget report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, in which the Standing Committee recommended that the federal government increase funding for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Radio-Canada.

Dec 13, 2004 — Policy Brief

Proposed Clarification of the Government Satellite-use Policy for the Delivery of Broadcasting Services

FRIENDS' response to a proposal from Industry Canada and Heritage Canada to "clarify" the Canadian government's satellite-use policy for the delivery of broadcasting services.

Dec 12, 2004 — News Article

Dear Senators: Since you asked... by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist gives advance input to Senate Committee hearings on the Canadian news media.

Dec 1, 2004 — News Article

Ontario PC leader calls for boosted film tax credits

Progressive Conservative leader John Tory and NDP culture critic Rosario Marchese call upon Dalton McGuinty's Liberals to raise the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit.

Dec 1, 2004 — News Article

Hollywood North seeks Ontario tax help by James Adams

Ontario's film community lobbies for tax breaks on foreign productions; says industry is ailing and no infrastructure can be built when there is no revenue.

Nov 29, 2004 — News Article

Speaking Points for Liza Frulla, Minister of Canadian Heritage, at the 2004 Annual Convention of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters

Minister of Canadian Heritage addresses convention of Canadian private broadcasters, states that government will "highlight its priorities and its immediate actions concerning broadcasting" by the end of April 2005.

Nov 29, 2004 — News Article

Canada is headed for a genuine cultural mess by Angelo Persichilli

Article says that the greatest challenge Canada will face in the coming decades is avoiding assimilation by the U.S.

Nov 28, 2004 — News Article

Talk of funding cuts jolts museums by Chris Cobb

Minister of Canadian Heritage hints that the federal government's upcoming financial review may reallocate funds from other sectors to television and film.

Nov 22, 2004 — News Article

Transcript of Roundtable Discussions

Transcript of presentations to Finance Committee pre-budget consultations by FRIENDS and others.

Nov 22, 2004 — News Article

Frulla: Good job, now cut 5% by Matthew Hays

Liza Frulla confirms Telefilm, the CBC and the NFB were asked to assess the feasibility of a 5% cut to their budgets.

Nov 18, 2004 — News Article

Keeping the barbarians at bay - and CBC afloat by John Ivison

Columnist argues Canada's cultural sovereignty is not under threat.

Nov 18, 2004 — News Article

A Fox in the Hen House?

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union expresses concern that the CRTC approval of Fox News may open the door to foreign ownership of broadcasting in Canada, asks Prime Minister Martin to clarify his government's position.

Nov 16, 2004 — News Article

CBC asks for an extra $100M to save regional programming by Chris Cobb

CBC President Robert Rabinovitch seeks permanent funding to restore CBC local and regional programming capacity on English television.

Nov 11, 2004 — News Article

Can our first lady of culture survive the heathens? by Lawrence Martin

Minister of Heritage Liza Frulla says Canada needs more public television, will push to restore CBC news services in the regions.

Nov 10, 2004 — News Article

Cuts to culture funds proposed by minister by Brendan Kelly

Liza Frulla annouces that the arts industry will have to suffer five percent cuts accross the board; CBC will incur a $46-million cut.

Nov 8, 2004 — News Article

$10M CBC Budget Cut 'Permanent'

Government supplementary estimates point to a permanent 10 million dollar budget cut for the CBC.

Nov 4, 2004 — News Article

Our Cultural Sovereignty

MP reintroduces Lincoln Committee report "Our Cultural Sovereignty" in House of Commons, putting the Committee's landmark recommendations back on the public agenda.

Nov 2, 2004 — News Article

Top job at Telefilm down to three candidates by James Adams

Headhunting firm has produced a three-person candidate list for the top job at Telefilm.

Nov 2, 2004 — News Article

Who names the CEO

Editorial criticizes Paul Martin Liberals for failing to end patronage in appointments to Crown corporations, advocates that Crown boards should make the selections.

Nov 1, 2004 — News Article

Decision upsets broadcasters

The Coalition Against Satellite Signal Theft says that Quebec court ruling on satellite signals threatens the Canadian broadcasting system.

Nov 1, 2004 — News Article

Set the satellites free by Mathew Ingram

Quebec court ruling on satellite television and satellite pay radio applications raise fundamental questions about Canadian broadcasting regulation.

Oct 30, 2004 — News Article

Heritage minister Frulla says court ruling on satellite freedom a concern by Keith Bonnell

Minister of Canadian Heritage says Quebec court ruling that restrictions on viewer access to foreign satellite signals are unconstitutional is a concern for Canada's cultural industry.

Oct 30, 2004 — News Article

Pay-as-you-go digital radio?: CRTC mulls issue by Mary Lamey

Satellite radio will be the next big thing in Canada - the question is whether the CRTC wants to "get in front of the wave or get knocked over by it", says columnist.

Oct 29, 2004 — News Article

Martin floundering as PM by Chantal Hebert

Prime Minister Paul Martin's leadership to date mirrors that of other interim leaders, columnist says.

Oct 26, 2004 — News Article

Harper's pandering by Susan Riley

Conservative party leader Stephen Harper criticized for suggestion that federal powers be devolved to linguistic groups, CRTC and CBC be split into separate anglophone and francophone institutions.

Oct 26, 2004 — News Article

Can CRTC deal with satellite radio? by Eric Reguly

The debate surrounding satellite radio in Canada will come to a head when the CRTC rules on how 'Canadianized' the various bids are.

Oct 20, 2004 — News Article

Robillard et Scherrer ont-elles tenté d’influencer le CRTC? by Laurent Soumis

There is speculation that two former Martin ministers who met with the CRTC chair prior to the June 2004 federal election were trying to influence the CRTC.

Oct 20, 2004 — News Article

Les règles édictées par le premier ministre ont-elles été violées?

Rules for interaction between government ministers and quasi-judicial bodies such as the CRTC are clear; current Minister of Canadian Heritage denies that she or any of her predecessors violated them.

Oct 18, 2004 — Blog Post

Letter to CBC President Robert Rabinovitch

FRIENDS calls on CBC President to air Canadian hockey, not Hollywood blockbusters, on Hockey Night in Canada during NHL dispute.

Oct 15, 2004 — News Article

Italy to lobby over TV channel by Mary Gordon

Italian minister to lobby Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister on behalf of Italian broadcaster RAI International, despite the fact the power to decide on the issue lies with the CRTC.

Oct 9, 2004 — News Article

Parties squabble over travel by Tim Naumetz

Conservatives argue former Minister of Heritage Helene Scherrer used ministerial funds to promote Liberal Party at Banff Television Festival while Liberals maintain she was acting in her role as Minister.

Sep 23, 2004 — News Article

A host of top jobs still unfilled by John Ibbitson

Article says a new Friends of Canadian Broadcasting report has provided evidence of patronage in CBC board appointments, but this is just one of many problems with the federal government's appointments process.

Sep 16, 2004 — News Article

Networks seek okay for drug ads on TV by Rick Westhead

Canadian networks are lobbying the government to relax advertising rules to allow them to tap into the profitable prescription drug ad market.

Sep 16, 2004 — News Article

Karen Kain Appointed Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts

Minister of Heritage Liza Frulla announces the appointment of Karen Kain as Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Sep 15, 2004 — News Article

CanWest CEO urges Ottawa to end ban on prescription-drug TV advertising by David Paddon

CanWest CEO and other broadcast executives call for changes that would allow broadcasters to air prescription drug ads and provide more advertising minutes per hour.

Sep 11, 2004 — News Article

Arts groups have a champion in Ottawa by Martin Knelman

Liza Frulla says she is committed to promoting culture in Canada's largest city but says that to produce results all three levels of government and the private sector must cooperate.

Sep 6, 2004 — News Article

Mr. Minister, please protect the public interest by Michael Geist

Article says that if Industry Minister David Emerson is to protect Canadian interests, he should think twice before following the U.S. lead in adopting the broadcast flag.

Sep 4, 2004 — News Article

Minister wants 'hard evidence' that caps hurt industry by Kevin Carmicheal

Industry Minister says he does not disagree with Heritage Minister that foreign ownership limits are important to the protection of Canada's cultural industries.

Sep 2, 2004 — News Article

Minister tones down criticism of U.S. culture by Joe Paraskevas

Spokesperson for Liza Frulla affirms that the Minister was only referring to the size and potential of American culture when she warned Americans not to "smother" Canadian culture.

Sep 1, 2004 — News Article

'Let Canadian culture breathe,' Frulla tells the United States by Jeff Heinrich

Canada is one of the many countries negotiating a UNESCO treaty that would protect the right to subsidize the cultural sector despite free trade agreements. Liza Frulla emphasizes that in Canada, culture is strongly subsidized and a great economic force.

Aug 30, 2004 — News Article

CHOI gets a reprieve

Editorial says CHOI-FM tape-delay creates sends a message of CRTC censorship to other broadcasters.

Aug 30, 2004 — News Article

CRTC rules the airwaves, but fight is on by Hugh Winsor

Broadcasting predicted to be "sleeper issue" of minority Parliament.

Aug 30, 2004 — News Article

Statement by Liza Frulla, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Official statement by Minister of Canadian Heritage regarding CHOI-FM request to appeal CRTC decision.

Aug 28, 2004 — News Article

The people's CHOI becomes political force by Miro Cernetig

With a by-election in the riding of Vanier and the need to bring Quebec voters, including CHOI-FM listeners, onside, nobody is complaining about a deal to keep CHOI-FM on the air during its appeal of the CRTC's licence renewal decision.

Aug 27, 2004 — News Article

Affaire Néron, CHOI-FM, CKAC... by Pierre Dubuc

Columnist argues that the recent CRTC ruling on CHOI-FM is just one more example of 'journalism by judges', a process that allows the federal government to whittle down journalistic freedom and independence in Quebec.

Aug 27, 2004 — News Article

CRTC does the right thing

Editorial says the CRTC decision to allow CHOI-FM to remain on-air until the Federal Court of Appeal has ruled on the station's court motion is "a step in the right direction".

Aug 27, 2004 — News Article

The controversy over CHOI-FM by Henry Srebrnik

Columnist casts doubt on whether or not CHOI-FM offended 'Canadian values'.

Aug 25, 2004 — News Article

The CBC says its journalistic integrity would be compromised should it be included under the Access to Information Act.

Aug 25, 2004 — News Article

Ottawa, CRTC clear way for delay in closure of Quebec radio station by Sylvain Larocque

The CRTC declines to block CHOI-FM injunction, allowing it to remain on-air, in order to accelerate resolution of CRTC decision appeal.

Aug 24, 2004 — News Article

CBC among agencies balking at inclusion under access-to-information
law by Jim Bronskill

The CBC argues that being included in the access-to-information law would compromise its ability to report the news because it would, amongst other things, threaten the sources of investigative journalists.

Aug 19, 2004 — News Article

Scherrer named to PMO by Jeff Sallot

Defeated former Heritage Minister Hélène Scherrer appointed to the post of Principal Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office.

Aug 19, 2004 — News Article

Where's the fall agenda? by John Ibbitson

Columnist says the Liberals have given little thought to a legislative agenda, but need legislation to occupy parliamentarians and deflect attention from other issues.

Aug 18, 2004 — News Article

Third-language television to be examined by panel by Joe Paraskevas

The mandate of the three-person panel appointed by the Minister of Heritage to study the issue of third language broadcasting in Canada will be limited to policy recommendations and not include changes to the Broadcasting Act.

Aug 17, 2004 — News Article

Expert Panel to Study Policies and Access to Third-Language Public Television Services

The Minister of Canadian Heritage annouces the appointment of a three person expert panel on third-language public broadcasting.

Aug 17, 2004 — News Article

Heritage minister appoints panel to study access to foreign TV signals

Former Lincoln Committee chair appointed to panel studying broadcasting content in languages other than English or French in the Canadian broadcasting system.

Aug 17, 2004 — News Article

Scherrer will be named to PMO, sources say by Drew Fagan and Jeff Sallot

Prime Minister has been slow to fill the large number of pending government appointments.

Aug 14, 2004 — News Article

CRTC on threatened species list by Leslie Millin

Broadcasting space is no longer a scarce resource, and the CRTC is therefore obsolete, columnist says.

Aug 14, 2004 — News Article

Fight for the Airwaves by Liane Faulder

As recent events generate controversy over the role of the CRTC, some argue that this outburst of public debate only proves the necessity of the regulator's existence.

Aug 13, 2004 — News Article

The CRTC is right to silence CHOI by Sheila Copps

Former Minister of Canadian Heritage, Sheila Copps, says those who would have the government reverse recent CRTC decisions should remember that without the CRTC, broadcast licences would be subject to "political flavours of the month".

Aug 12, 2004 — News Article

Canada's culture commissars by Kenneth Green

The CRTC is a threat to freedom of expression and a relic of the past and should be abolished, columnist says.

Aug 12, 2004 — News Article

The silenced microphone

Parliament is ducking out of a debate over CRTC's powers, article says; CRTC's powers should be scaled back.

Aug 12, 2004 — News Article

Raised voices under the window by Charles Gordon

Whatever one may think of the CRTC decision on CHOI-FM, it is reassuring that the federal government has declined to intervene.

Aug 12, 2004 — News Article

The CRTC has gone too far by Claire Hoy

Columnist says parliament should resort to measures such as rewriting the Broadcasting Act or using the "notwithstanding" clause to overturn CRTC decisions.

Aug 10, 2004 — News Article

Stand with CHOI

The National Post urges its readers to join protesters on Parliament Hill and demand that CHOI-FM ruling be overturned by the federal government.

Aug 9, 2004 — News Article

CHOI-FM supporters to march on Ottawa by Ingrid Peritz

Debate over recent CRTC ruling on CHOI-FM draws protesters from Quebec city to Parliament Hill.

Aug 8, 2004 — News Article

My Beef With Big Media by Ted Turner

In the interests of quality, democracy, diversity, localism and competition, the US government and the FCC must change broadcasting regulations to encourage independent media, Turner writes.

Aug 7, 2004 — News Article

The purge of the shock jocks; free speech in Canada

Recent protests of CRTC ruling not to renew CHOI-FM's licence has many wondering if a review of broadcast regulations is in order.

Aug 6, 2004 — News Article

Fans snap up bus tickets to support CHOI by Mike De Souza

Many protesters are expected to arrive from Quebec City on station-subsidized transport in order to put pressure on federal government to overturn CRTC ruling on CHOI-FM.

Aug 2, 2004 — News Article

Industry bullish on new heritage minister by Laura Bracken

The Canadian broadcast industry appears thrilled by the appointement of Liza Frulla as Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Jul 31, 2004 — News Article

Can't quash CRTC ruling, Frulla says by Kim Lunman

CHOI owner Patrice Demers is upset that Heritage Minister Liza Frulla has refused to overturn the CRTC's decision to suspend its licence.

Jul 31, 2004 — News Article

CHOI must take licence battle to court, Frulla tells station

Minister of Canadian Heritage tells CHOI-FM that Broadcasting Act prevents appealing CRTC decision to government.

Jul 27, 2004 — News Article

CRTC wrong to force Quebec station off air, Charest says by Martin Ouellet

Charest thinks CRTC should have resorted to a temporary suspension of CHOI's licence and hopes for federal intervention in the matter.

Jul 26, 2004 — News Article

Tax cuts, debt Ottawa's priorities by Kevin Restivo

Poll of business leaders shows respondents are split on the CRTC's recent decision to shut down CHOI-FM but believe that Fox News should be allowed to broadcast in Canada.

Jul 24, 2004 — News Article

Why not just shut down the CRTC? Well ... by John Ibbitson

An arm's length CRTC may be preferable to politicans making licensing decisions directly, but policy of choosing what Canadians watch and keeping out U.S. programming is wrong-headed, columnist says.

Jul 24, 2004 — News Article

U.S. station is regulator's next challenge by Jane Taber

CRTC must rule on whether or not American television channel Spike TV is in direct competition with Canadian channel Men TV.

Jul 23, 2004 — News Article

CRTC faces backlash in Ottawa by Jane Taber

Pressure mounts in Ottawa following CRTC ruling against RAI International, as Liberals are reminded of their election promise to bring the channel to the air.

Jul 22, 2004 — News Article

Frulla should avoid meddling

Editorial says the new Canadian Heritage Minister should not interfere with the CRTC ruling not to renew CHOI FM's licence.

Jul 21, 2004 — News Article

Arts groups laud Frulla for Heritage By James Adams

The appointment of Liza Frulla as Minister of Canadian Heritage delights art and culture groups.

Jul 21, 2004 — News Article

Foreign ownership limits will stay by Ian Jack

New Heritage Minister Liza Frulla says she stands firmly against relaxing foreign ownership limits.

Jul 21, 2004 — News Article

Arts industry optimistic over appointment of minister by John Mckay

Liza Frulla's appointment as Canadian Minister of Heritage is well received by ACTRA, CRIA and Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jul 21, 2004 — News Article

Canuck pol gets culture ministry by Brandan Kelly

ACTRA sees appointment of Liza Frulla Minister of Canadian Heritage as a sign the government will take cultural issues seriously.

Jul 21, 2004 — News Article

CHOI wastes no time appealing to new minister by Kevin Dougherty

CHOI moves to fight CRTC decision by appealing to new Heritage Minister, Federal Court.

Jul 21, 2004 — News Article

Angry RAI fans protest denial of broadcast licence by Tony Lofaro

Italian-Canadians rally to Parliament Hill to protest CRTC ruling against RAI International.

Jul 20, 2004 — News Article

The Honourable Liza Frulla

A biography of Liza Frulla, the new Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Jul 20, 2004 — News Article

New cabinet members confident they can get job done

New Canadian Heritage Minister Liza Frulla praised as star Cabinet appointment; numerous commentators note her cultural and media credentials.

Jul 16, 2004 — News Article

RAI dumps Berlusconi cronies

Parliament votes out four-member RAI board of governors, but the vote may not effectively reduce Italian Prime Minister's control over the broadcaster.

Jul 12, 2004 — News Article

Betting is on Frulla or Bulte for Heritage Minister by James Adams

Liza Frulla and Sarmite Bulte both have strong credentials for the cabinet post; decision could be politically charged.

Jul 9, 2004 — News Article

Clarkson, CBC chief on way out? by Gillian Cosgrove

Columnist speculates CBC President will not be reappointed.

Jul 8, 2004 — News Article

TVOntario: the case for an overhaul

TVO should be cut off from tax support and turned into a not-for-profit entity like America's PBS, editorial says.

Jul 6, 2004 — News Article

Liberal victory in Montreal recount

A recount has confirmed Quebec Liberal and Heritage Minister candidate Liza Frulla's victory over Thierry St-Cyr in the riding of Jeanne-Le-Ber.

Jul 5, 2004 — News Article

Culture ready for its close-up by Peter Vamos

Bloc and NDP power in Liberal minority government means culture-oriented industry groups have an unprecedented chance to gain support and resources, columnist says.

Jul 5, 2004 — News Article

Liberal minority could push culture agenda by Laura Bracken

The new federal minority government may provide a welcoming space for culture groups to articulate their concerns.

Jul 4, 2004 — News Article

PM could learn from past by Graham Fraser

Martin should look at Canada's previous minority governments for guidance in managing his own, columnist says.

Jul 1, 2004 — News Article

Some voted, millions watched

Millions of Canadians tuned in to CTV, CBC and Global's marathon election-night coverage. The largest number watched CBC.

Jun 30, 2004 — News Article

Paul Martin faces tough choices in deciding shape of new cabinet

Speculation is rampant about who will be in Paul Martin's cabinet.

Jun 30, 2004 — News Article

Big bank mergers may top list of casualties by Dave Ebner and Richard Blackwell

Overhauls to the CRTC's foreign ownership and communications policies may fall by the wayside under a Liberal minority.

Jun 27, 2004 — News Article

We may not be idiots yet by Noah Richler

Despite what may be an increasingly savvy electorate, the arts and culture were not emphasized during this year's federal election campaign.

Jun 24, 2004 — News Article

Our industries could be devastated

Conservative cultural and tax policies could seriously harm PEI's economy, letter-writer says.

Jun 24, 2004 — News Article

Future of CBC takes centre stage at all-candidates forum by Wayne Thibodeau

Conservative candidate promises to fight for CBC; other parties' candidates say he will have a hard time doing so in Ottawa.

Jun 22, 2004 — News Article

Seniors express more interest in the military, CBC than health by Peter Cowan

An all-candidates meeting in a Guelph shows CBC an important election issue for seniors.

Jun 22, 2004 — News Article

A Harper win is party stopper by Antonia Zerbisias

Policy proposal to scrap the CRTC would give government direct control over broadcast licensing, would remove protections that have allowed Canadian entertainment events like the MuchMusic Video Awards to take form.

Jun 21, 2004 — Policy Brief

Submission to CRTC re Proposed incentives for English-language Canadian television drama [PN CRTC 2004-32]

FRIENDS gives qualified support to CRTC advertising incentive proposal, noting potential drawbacks; also recommends 150% drama time credit be retained but restricted to 8-10 pm Mon-Wed during peak viewing months.

Jun 21, 2004 — News Article

Grit opportunity missed by Peter Vamos

The Liberal response to cultural groups' concerns hasn't been sufficient, columnist says.

Jun 21, 2004 — News Article

Tory policy points to media rules shakeup by Laura Bracken

Leaked policy revealing the Conservatives' plan to restructure the CRTC and relax foreign ownership restrictions has pushed Canadian culture onto the election agenda.

Jun 20, 2004 — News Release

Tories Grilled on Canadian Broadcasting Policies

FRIENDS urges 7,000 supporters to confront Conservative candidates on broadcasting issues.

Jun 19, 2004 — News Article

Dismantling CBC rips out our heart

The CBC is a vital expression of Canadian nationhood, letter-writer says.

Jun 18, 2004 — News Article

The cost of the Tory platform by Janice MacKinnon

The tax cuts proposed in the Conservative platform total $37 billion, which will come from cuts to programs like the CBC, columnist says.

Jun 18, 2004 — News Article

Film folk say industry dead if Tories kill incentives by Scott Simpson

Industry representatives, NDP candidate Ian Waddell say Conservative plan to eliminate corporate grants and subsidies reflects misunderstanding, would destroy B.C. film industry.

Jun 17, 2004 — News Article

No need for sweeping CRTC reform: Dalfen by Mark Evans

In the face of challenges to the CRTC by the Conservative Party and some telecom companies, the Commission's chair says fundamental changes to the CRTC's role and structure are not required.

Jun 17, 2004 — News Article

Save Canadian culture, actors urge

Speakers at ACTRA-organized gathering at CBC broadcast headquarters criticize party leaders for making no mention of cultural policy issues during televised leaders' debate.

Jun 16, 2004 — News Article

For Canadian culture, the end is at hand

Text of Hélène Chalifour Scherrer's speech at the Banff Television Festival.

Jun 16, 2004 — News Article

Harper will gut culture, festival told

Speakers at the Banff Television Festival call for political parties to disclose their cultural platforms.

Jun 15, 2004 — News Article

Arts groups fan fears of Tory Party win by Sandra Martin

Arts groups and Liberals criticize Tory arts policies; Conservatives and some commentators say there's nothing to worry about.

Jun 15, 2004 — News Article

TV executives warned by Liberal minister culture could be gone if
Tories win election by Judy Monchuk

At Banff Television Festival, Minister of Canadian Heritage denounces Conservative cultural policies, while Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union asks the Liberals to come clean about their own.

Jun 15, 2004 — News Article

Heritage minister pans Tory cultural platform by Alexandra Burroughs

Scherrer denounces Conservative cultural policies in her speech at the Banff Television Festival.

Jun 15, 2004 — News Article

Banff takes to the stump by Elizabeth Guider

With the federal election just two weeks away, political concerns overshadow traditional workshop topics at Banff Television Festival.

Jun 14, 2004 — Blog Post

Letter to Conservative Leader re: Policy Briefing Note for Candidates

Well-known Canadians join FRIENDS in expressing concern over policies proposed in Conservative party briefing note to candidates.

Jun 14, 2004 — News Release

Harper Urged To Reconsider Broadcasting Policies

Well-known Canadians join FRIENDS in urging Conservative leader to reconsider broadcasting policies contained in briefing note to Conservative candidates.

Jun 14, 2004 — News Article

Canada's heritage is at risk, Liberals warn by Drew Fagan

Liberal Heritage Minister to criticize Conservative cultural policies in speech at Banff Television Festival; dismissed by Conservatives as fear-mongering.

Jun 14, 2004 — News Article

Speaking notes for The Honourable Hélène Chalifour Scherrer, P.C., M.P., Minister of Canadian Heritage

Minister of Canadian Heritage discusses Liberal Party position on culture and broadcasting.

Jun 14, 2004 — News Article

Time to revamp the news by Myles Leslie

One of three winning essays in the FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting 2004 Dalton Camp Award.

Jun 13, 2004 — News Article

Asper rips limits on donations

Canwest Global's David Asper condemns new limits on corporate donations to political parties.

Jun 12, 2004 — Blog Post

Responses to coalition letter calling for clarification of party culture and broadcasting policies

Liberal Party and Bloc Quebecois respond to request for disclosure of party policies on culture and broadcasting.

Jun 12, 2004 — News Article

Response to coalition letter calling for political parties to clarify their positions on culture and broadcasting

The Bloc Quebecois platform is opposed to foreign ownership of broadcasting, cable and telecommunications companies, would reinforce the power of the CRTC and ensure stable long-term funding for SRC/CBC and the Canadian Television Fund to better defend Quebec and Canadian culture.

Jun 12, 2004 — News Article

Why is Harper bent on gutting the CRTC? by Eric Reguly

Conservatives should consider the unintended consequences before gutting the CRTC.

Jun 11, 2004 — News Release

Cultural Industries Ask Major Political Parties to Clarify Positions on Culture and Broadcasting

FRIENDS joins cultural coalition to call on political parties to disclose their culture and broadcasting platforms.

Jun 11, 2004 — News Release

Three Canadians Win Dalton Camp Awards

FRIENDS announces the three winners of the 2004 Dalton Camp Award. Formal presentation: Monday, June 14th at the Banff Television Festival.

Jun 11, 2004 — News Article

Liberals promise access to Italian TV: Would force CRTC change if necessary by Elizabeth Thompson

Liberals make election promise to legislate around controversy over foreign language television channels, say a Liberal government would ensure Italian channel RAI International is available in Canada.

Jun 10, 2004 — News Article

Don't fence Greens out of the TV leaders' debate by Peter Desbarats

Referring to Green Party exclusion from televised national debates, columnist says TV network executives should not control which parties have access to the democratic process.

Jun 9, 2004 — News Article

Tory leader sings praises of CBC 'professionalism'

Conservative leader's statements continue to suggest the Conservatives would eliminate subsidies for the CBC where it competes with private broadcasters.

Jun 9, 2004 — News Article

The battle of the 'burbs by Daniel Girard

Report on election race in Winnipeg's Charleswood-St. James riding; high profile Liberal candidate makes the race one to watch.

Jun 8, 2004 — News Article

Tory wants funding for CBC switched off by Caroline Mallan

Conservative candidate calls for funding halt to "Communist Broadcasting Corporation", says national public broadcaster is a mouthpiece for the federal Liberal party and drives audiences away from private broadcasters.

Jun 6, 2004 — News Article

Campaign silent on media issues

Editorial says media conglomerates' stake in the outcome of the federal election makes them reluctant to cover media and cultural policy issues, with the result that these issues are largely being ignored.

Jun 5, 2004 — News Article

CBC's future not guaranteed by Tories or Liberals by Kevin Griffin

Stable, multi-year funding for the CBC, as recommended by the all-party report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, has not been guaranteed in the platforms of either the Conservatives or the Liberals.

Jun 4, 2004 — News Article

CanWest CEO bullish on print by Maurice Bridge

Asper takes shots at free news websites at Canadian newspaper conference.

Jun 3, 2004 — News Release

Liberals Silent on Culture and Broadcasting

Liberal party election platform fails to address important culture and broadcasting issues.

Jun 3, 2004 — News Article

Greens fight for chance to debate by James Rusk

Green Party challenges networks, CRTC to be included in televised leaders' debates.

Jun 1, 2004 — News Article

Sheila Copps à TQS : d’abord et avant tout une politicienne

Former Minister of Canadian Heritage, Sheila Copps, pursues post-political career as political analyst.

Jun 1, 2004 — News Article

S’il y a une grève la SRC se dit prête à abandonner la soirée des élections by Hugo Dumas

Management says Radio-Canada will not cover the federal election in the event of a strike by its employees.

May 28, 2004 — Blog Post

FRIENDS releases Advertising, Fair Play and the Media Candidate Guide

FRIENDS releases a guide to election advertising and other election-related media issues to federal election candidates across Canada.

May 27, 2004 — News Article

Letter to FRIENDS from Prime Minister Paul Martin re: foreign ownership of media and communications

Prime Minister Paul Martin confirms the federal government is reviewing foreign ownership rules, but says the impact on Canadian culture is being taken into account.

May 23, 2004 — News Article

Why call an election now? by Graham Fraser

Campaign performance rather than polls are likely to decide the outcome of the 2004 federal election.

May 20, 2004 — News Article

OSC Issues Management Cease Trade Order against Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. Insiders

The Ontario Securities Commission has temporarily suspended trading by directors, officers and insiders of Alliance Atlantis Communications.

May 20, 2004 — News Article

Parties must come clean on media issues - union

On the eve of a federal election, a major union is calling on Canada's political parties to come clean with their policies on foreign ownership, media concentration, and the CBC.

May 19, 2004 — Blog Post

CBC News: Harper Comments on the CBC

Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper suggests his party may revisit government funding of CBC English television and Radio Two. 

May 19, 2004 — Blog Post

Letter to Hon. Stephen Harper Re: Conservative Party Policy Towards CBC

FRIENDS calls on Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper to clarify comments on public funding of CBC.

May 19, 2004 — Opinion Poll

Broadcasting Issues, Canada/US Relations and Canadian Public Opinion (Special Political Results Summary)

Pre-election poll commissioned by FRIENDS shows strong support among voters for strengthening Canadian culture and enhancing the CBC. This summary shows a breakdown of results by political party.

May 19, 2004 — News Article

CPAC Talk Politics with Ken Rockburn: Interview with Ian Morrison

CPAC's Ken Rockburn interviews Ian Morrison on the results of FRIENDS' pre-election polling on the CBC, foreign ownership of communications, and media concentration.

May 19, 2004 — News Article

Un nombre élevé de Canadiens veulent que la culture et l’identité canadiennes soient solidifiées par Paul Cauchon

FRIENDS survey reveals voter attitudes to Canadian culture on the eve of a federal election.

May 19, 2004 — News Article

Gender, politics divide cultural views, survey finds

Nine out of 10 respondents to FRIENDS survey agreed that strengthening Canadian culture and identity is important as Canada-U.S. economic ties increase.

May 18, 2004 — News Article

Radio-Canada : un conflit sera-t-il évité durant la période électorale? by Michelle Coudé-Lord

Radio-Canada and union face pressure to avoid strike/lockout during federal election.

May 14, 2004 — News Article

Watchdog group offers broadcasting wish list

FRIENDS tells Senate committee that CBC still has widespread support.

May 13, 2004 — Policy Brief

Transcript of FRIENDS' Oral Presentation to Senate Committee on Transport & Communications Study on the Current State of Canadian Media Industries

Transcript of FRIENDS presentation and question and answer session on the subject of media concentration in Canada.

May 13, 2004 — News Release

Canadian Broadcasting Counts with Voters

FRIENDS' pre-election opinion poll shows Canadian voters favour maintaining foreign ownership rules, limiting media concentration, and strengthening CBC.

May 12, 2004 — News Release

Survey on Canadian Media Issues to be Released

FRIENDS to release pre-election poll on media issues Thursday, May 13, 10:45 a.m.

May 11, 2004 — News Article

Will Martin fall for con game? by Eric Reguly

Liberals appear poised to remove foreign ownership restrictions for telephone and cable companies, will be pressured to do the same for broadcasters.

May 4, 2004 — News Article

Italy media boss quits in protest

The chairwoman of the Italian public broadcaster Rai has resigned to protest what she sees as political control by prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

May 2, 2004 — News Article

Martin must shine spotlight on culture by Graham Fraser

Paul Martin can only alleviate Canadians' insecurities about close US ties by devoting counterbalancing resources to Canadian culture.

May 1, 2004 — News Article

Sabia ratchets up pressure on Ottawa by Dave Ebner

BCE CEO increases pressure on the federal government to update telecommunications laws, including foreign ownership restrictions.

Apr 30, 2004 — News Article

Blowing the whistle on the CBC’s credibility by Colby Cosh

National Post columnist says whistleblower legislation controversy shows that CBC cannot be both journalistically independent from and financially dependent on government.

Apr 29, 2004 — News Article

CBC right to seek exemption from snitch law by Antonia Zerbisias

CBC staff must be exempt from whistleblower legislation to preserve their journalistic independence.

Apr 28, 2004 — News Article

CBC wants exemption from whistleblower law: Says independence at risk by Bill Curry

CBC believes whistleblower legislation will undermine integrity of its journalists; critics say broadcaster is trying to avoid accountability measures.

Apr 16, 2004 — News Article

Electronic commerce and technology 2003

E-commerce is growing, but still accounts for tiny proportion of revenues of private businesses.

Apr 2, 2004 — News Article

Policy Briefing Note for Candidates

Internal policy document leaked to media shows Conservative Party would relax or remove communications sector foreign ownership restrictions (p. 11), downsize and limit the role of the CRTC (p. 13) and remove protection for Canadian programming in the satellite distribution market (p. 14).

Apr 2, 2004 — News Article

Senate says CBC losing TV viewers

Senate report shows CBC market share has declined since 1997.

Apr 1, 2004 — News Article

Interim Report on the Canadian News Media

Senate inquiry into media concentration produces interim report intended to "inform Canadians" but drawing no conclusions and making no recommendations.

Mar 25, 2004 — News Article

Little joy for CBC in budget by Antonia Zerbisias

CBC unlikely to receive the attention it needs from a weakened Liberal government.

Mar 23, 2004 — Blog Post

2004 Federal Budget

The 2004 federal budget restores funding cut from the Canadian Television Fund in last year's budget.

Mar 23, 2004 — News Article

ACTRA applauds restoration of CTF in federal budget

Actors' union applauds federal government for restoring funding cut from Canadian Television Fund, calls on private broadcasters to reinvest profits in production of Canadian television drama.

Mar 21, 2004 — News Article

PM's agenda makes spring vote unlikely by Graham Fraser

Paul Martin's pre-election to-do list has become so long it raises doubts he can accomplish it before a fall election, much less a spring election.

Mar 18, 2004 — News Article

PM is running out of moves by Chantal Hébert

Paul Martin likely cannot postpone a spring election without looking like he fears an electoral loss.

Mar 14, 2004 — News Article

Sheila's temper heating up by Alexander Panetta

FRIENDS recalls Sheila Copps' 

Mar 12, 2004 — News Article

House votes to increase indecency fines by Brooks Boliek

New U.S. legislation increasing fines against broadcasters for broadcasting "indecent" programming could have a chilling or freezing effect on freedom of speech.

Mar 9, 2004 — News Article

FCC Faces Suit on Regulation of Digital Broadcast Television

A group of organizations brought a lawsuit against the U.S. FCC to block proposed regulation of next-generation televisions and related devices.

Mar 2, 2004 — News Article

NDP condems Liberal's plan to sell of CBC

NDP argues private broadcasters cannot replace CBC.

Feb 28, 2004 — News Article

Culture is winning the war on health care by Michael Campbell

Columnist criticizes taxpayer funding of CBC when provinces lack resources for health care.

Feb 27, 2004 — News Article

Antiques, gays pass for CBC coverage by Gillian Cosgrove

CBC's choice not to run the first of two debates among the leadership candidates for the Conservative party is said to depict that the "state broadcaster" [sic] has become disconnected from the concerns of average Canadians.

Feb 20, 2004 — News Article

Clement targets CBC for spending review by Chris Wattie

Tony Clement says federal spending should be slashed by billions of dollars, suggests looking at funding of CBC.

Feb 18, 2004 — News Article

Open and expeditious inquiring by Chris Waddell

Paul Martin should take a lesson from the decisive and expeditious Hutton Inquiry if he wants to restore faith in the Canadian political system.

Feb 14, 2004 — News Article


There is speculation that the CRTC's delay in resolving RAI and Al-Jazeera applications results from Liberal pressure not to upset voter groups prior to re-election campaign.

Feb 13, 2004 — News Article

Sheila Copps could defect to NDP next week

Former Canadian Heritage Minister Sheila Copps may yet jump from the Liberals to the NDP.

Feb 5, 2004 — News Article

Liberals unveil Parliamentary reform package

Paul Martin's democratic reform package includes the implementation of more free votes and a tougher, more consultative path for bills before Parliament makes them law.

Feb 2, 2004 — News Article

Federal government crying wolf again

An Alternative Federal Budget report by the CCPA predicts a budget surplus of $8.3 billion for 2003/04, more than triple the forecast by the federal government.

Jan 29, 2004 — News Article

He must pluck his power by Tom Kent

To achieve the democratic reform he promises, Paul Martin will need to forgo some of his own powers as Prime Minister.

Jan 29, 2004 — News Article

Premier's consultations innovative poppycock by Murray Campbell

Columnist believes that Ontario Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty's proposal to consult voters to find ways to deal with the budget deficit is a promotional sham.

Jan 21, 2004 — Blog Post

Letter to Rt. Hon. Paul Martin, Prime Minister of Canada

FRIENDS believes that support for CBC and strengthened cultural sovereignty are consistent with the Paul Martin government's stated goals.

Jan 19, 2004 — News Article

Feisty jabs from the left bruise Liberal expectations by Hugh Winsor

A strengthened NDP will present challenges to the incumbent Liberal party in a federal election.

Jan 16, 2004 — News Article

Canadian Heritage Minister by Sandra Abma

Canada's new Minister of Canadian Heritage says she will do things differently; her first challenge will be dealing with media foreign ownership.