All Parliament / Legislation Articles — 2006

Dec 27, 2006 — News Article

Putin endorses new kids' TV channel by Nick Holdsworth

Russia may be getting a new children's television channel after President Putin pledged to address growing concerns over a lack of targeted programming for younger viewers.

Dec 26, 2006 — News Article

Arms-length telecom regulator in an arm-wrestle with Conservatives by Jennifer Ditchburn

Article says that unprecedented assertiveness shown by the Conservative government in pushing its vision for the telecom sector may make it difficult to fill the CRTC chair position.

Dec 23, 2006 — News Article

Searching for Bev Oda by Lawrence Martin

FRIENDS says that Bev Oda has done little of significance since becoming Heritage Minister because the Prime Minister's Office is calling the shots.

Dec 23, 2006 — News Article

BBC loses license fee battle by Mimi Turner

British government license fee settlement far lower than called for by the BBC.

Dec 22, 2006 — News Article

Ofcom eyes broadband content channel by Mimi Turner

Proposed British "public service publisher" will generate online content to rival such outlets as MySpace and Google Video.

Dec 20, 2006 — News Article

Withdrawal of financial support for Canadian Television Fund

Jim Shaw, Jr.'s letter to the Canadian Television Fund announcing the withdrawal of Shaw Communications' financial contribution.

Dec 19, 2006 — News Article

Interview with NDP Heritage Critic, MP Charlie Angus by Greg O'Brien interview in which MP Charlie Angus talks about the Heritage Committee, the CBC mandate review, carriage fees and copyright legislation.

Dec 15, 2006 — News Article

Broadcasters score victory over Ottawa by Grant Robertson

A federal judge has ruled that Ottawa has been unlawfully taxing television and radio broadcasters, along with cable and satellite distributors, for the past eight years through fees charged for their licences.

Dec 15, 2006 — News Article

Search for CRTC chairman stalled as deadline nears by Deirdre McMurdy

Article says the process to replace Charles Dalfen as chairman of the CRTC has stalled because Prime Minister Harper wants the final say on the choice.

Dec 15, 2006 — News Article

CRTC tells Ottawa to rewrite rules by Paul Vieira

A report, commissioned by Heritage Minister Bev Oda, says the government should look at rewriting parts of the Broadcasting Act, preferably by the end of the decade.

Dec 14, 2006 — News Article

Canada needs the CRTC by Peter Miller

Former broadcast executive says an expert administrative tribunal is the most effective and sensible means by which government policy objectives, such as cultural sovereignty, can be advanced.

Dec 14, 2006 — News Article

How telecom reform topped Bernier's agenda by Simon Tuck

Government officials say Industry Minister Maxime Bernier's telecom agenda includes reforming the CRTC, playing a role in the selection of a new CRTC chair and possibly making changes to foreign ownership restrictions.

Dec 13, 2006 — News Article

Finance committee urges Tories on cultural funding Val Ross

The House of Commons standing committee on finance recommends the federal government increase funding to the Canada Council for the Arts to $300-million over two years.

Dec 13, 2006 — News Article

The CRTC at a crossroads by Andrew Coyne

Considering changes in the telecommunications industry and recent government decisions, columnist concludes the CRTC is in its last days.

Dec 12, 2006 — News Article

Tories flex some muscle with CRTC, score a win for telecoms, consumers by Deirdre McMurdy

Columnist says that federal Industry Minister Maxime Bernier has seized the local telephone file from the CRTC, unilaterally opening markets across Canada to unfettered competition.

Dec 12, 2006 — News Article

CBC dropped plan to enhance radio, lobbyist says

Lobbyist speculates that a CBC Radio plan to invest $20 million in 20 centres across the county was dropped when it received little support from the Conservative government.

Dec 8, 2006 — News Article

Ottawa wants penalties for telecom market abuse by Simon Tuck

Industry Minister Maxime Bernier has announced amendments to the Competition Act that would issue fines of up to $15-million against telecom companies if they abuse a position of market power.

Dec 2, 2006 — News Article

Minister brushes off warnings on media by Antonia Zerbisias

Heritage Minister Bev Oda downplays recommendations in a Senate committee's report on media concentration.

Nov 30, 2006 — Blog Post

Advertisement: Defending Canada’s cultural sovereignty is good politics

FRIENDS advertisement placed in the delegates' program for the Liberal Party leadership convention, November 30 - December 3, 2006.

Nov 25, 2006 — News Article

Kamloops City Council want to Save our CBC

Kamloops City Council has unanimously agreed to send a letter to Bev Oda, the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, urging her to help restore public TV to the city.

Nov 24, 2006 — News Article

CRTC gives telcos leeway to raise prices by Simon Tuck

The federal telecom regulator will no longer require large telephone companies to seek its approval to change prices - provided those prices remain within approved ranges.

Nov 22, 2006 — News Article

Heritage committee launches review of CBC

FRIENDS says Stephen Harper's agenda for CBC remains hidden and welcomes the House of Commons heritage committee decision to review the broadcaster's mandate.

Nov 22, 2006 — News Article

House committee moves to launch review of CBC by Guy Dixon

The House of Commons heritage committee has passed a motion to begin a review of the CBC - FRIENDS says Prime Minister Stephen Harper should be the first to testify.

Nov 21, 2006 — News Release

Prime Minister should be first to testify about CBC

FRIENDS says Prime Minister Harper should testify before the Heritage Committee's review of CBC's mandate so he can explain his position on the future of Canada's public broadcaster.

Nov 20, 2006 — News Article

Minutes of Proceedings from the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Transcript of the Heritage Committee motion by NDP MP Charlie Angus to undertake a CBC mandate review.

Nov 20, 2006 — News Article

Heritage Minister talks with friends in Toronto by Avil Beckford

Bev Oda speaks publicly about media convergence, the digital age, Canadian content, the future role of the CRTC and the fate of the CBC.

Nov 18, 2006 — News Article

Canada bill eyes TV violence by Etan Vlessing

U.S. dramas and films airing on Canadian television could be subject to new regulations after debates on a bill to curb kids TV violence.

Nov 16, 2006 — News Article

Ottawa pulls plug on VoIP regulation: cheaper service likely by Peter Nowak

The Conservative cabinet has partially overturned a CRTC decision on voice over Internet protocol regulation.

Nov 15, 2006 — News Article

Ottawa to block CRTC on Internet phone regulation by Simon Tuck

The Harper government plans to take the highly unusual move to rewrite the CRTC's key ruling on Internet-based telephone services.

Nov 13, 2006 — News Article

A cloud over broadcast policy by Michael Geist

Columnist says that Heritage Minister Bev Oda's past campaign support from broadcasters, cable companies, record companies and copyright lobby groups could raise questions about the fairness and impartiality of upcoming policy processes.

Nov 13, 2006 — News Article

Minister Oda accused of conflict over a 2005 fundraiser by Abbas Rana and Simon Doyle

A fundraiser organized by executives from Corus Entertainment, Rogers Communications and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters raised $15,000 for Bev Oda in May 2005.

Nov 9, 2006 — News Article

Federal government starving CBC of funds, top executive warns by Ron Ryder

Mark Starowicz, executive producer of CBC's documentary production, unit tells a P.E.I. crowd that funding cuts at CBC are leaving Canada in danger of raising a generation ignorant of its own culture and heritage.

Nov 8, 2006 — News Article

Minister cancels bash over lobbyist's role by Bill Curry

A fundraiser for the Heritage Minister organized by Charlotte Bell, the regulatory affairs vice-president and a registered lobbyist for CanWest, has been cancelled.

Nov 7, 2006 — News Article

Bloc MPs boo Don Cherry in House of Commons

Bloc Quebecois MPs booed Don Cherry loudly in the House of Commons because of a perceived bias the hockey analyst has against French Canadians.

Nov 7, 2006 — News Article

Heritage Minister cancels fundraiser co-organized by media exec by Jennifer Ditchburn

Heritage Minister Bev Oda cancelled a $250-per-ticket re-election fundraiser organized by a broadcasting executive, citing concerns that the event would be negatively perceived.

Nov 4, 2006 — News Article

A danger in leaving it to the market by Gerald Caplan and Florian Sauvageau

Authors of the 1986 Report of the Task Force on Broadcasting Policy say that a significant role for the state is needed to ensure Canada's media system serves the common good and democracy.

Nov 4, 2006 — News Article

Government still has a role to play

Op-ed suggests there are indications that the Harper government is preparing to act on media policy.

Nov 2, 2006 — News Article

CBC 70th anniversary: Statement in the House of Commons by Charlie Angus, MP Timmins-James Bay

Member of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage calls on the government to provide a clear mandate, stable funding and a new governance model for Canada's public broadcaster.

Nov 1, 2006 — News Article

Telus and BCE put trust plans on hold for now by Catherine McLean

The Conservative government surprised Telus and BCE by announcing plans to tax income trusts like corporations starting next year.

Oct 30, 2006 — News Article

All in the Family by Colin Campbell

RIENDS says political insiders give media companies an edge when dealing with the government on broadcast licences and laws affecting the industry.

Oct 27, 2006 — News Article

Committee seeks to delay overhaul of telecom rules by Simon Tuck

A parliamentary committee wants the federal government to hold off on any overhaul of telecommunications governance until a report is completed in the spring of 2007.

Oct 26, 2006 — News Article

Commons votes to rescind museum cuts by Val Ross

Federal MP's have voted to rescind the Harper government's cuts to the Museums Assistance Program.

Oct 23, 2006 — News Article

Ottawa, CRTC help urged for phone, Internet users by Simon Tuck

An internal Industry Canada memo says the government and the CRTC aren't giving enough information to telephone and Internet users on how to protect and inform themselves.

Oct 19, 2006 — News Article

Industry heads to Ottawa to lobby on telecom reform by Paul Park

Telcos and cablecos pressure the federal government, and by extension, the CRTC for a telecommunication regulation revolution.

Oct 17, 2006 — News Article

Feds back down in fight over surplus millions by Simon Tuck

Government declines to challenge CRTC decision allowing telcos to use over-billings to expand high-speed Internet services in rural and remote communities.

Oct 16, 2006 — News Article

Bernier seeks provinces' view on VoIP rules by Simon Tuck

Industry Minister Maxime Bernier is seeking provincial support for his open market view of how Internet-based phone services should be regulated.

Oct 13, 2006 — News Article

Switching signals: TV about to go digital by Manav Tanneeru

Legislation passed by Congress means that by 2009 all U.S. over-the-air TV stations must switch from analog to digital transmission.

Oct 13, 2006 — News Article

BCE trust move spurs political fears by Catherine McLean

While observers don't believe government intervention is a risk, BCE investors have concerns over a possible political backlash to restructure plans.

Oct 12, 2006 — News Article

Media laws pass major parliamentary hurdle by David Crawshaw and Nick Butterly

Australian Senate clears the way for an expected flurry of media company mergers and takeovers.

Oct 11, 2006 — News Article

Heritage program postponed by Christopher Taylor Jones

Canada's music publishers are disappointed about the postponement of a Canadian Heritage funding program that promised to pump $1-million into the sector.

Oct 11, 2006 — News Article

Canadian voices and technology by André LeBel

Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers says the Canadian broadcast industry needs a broader policy that covers technologies such as the Internet and mobile networks.

Oct 7, 2006 — News Article

Commons committee wants museum cuts halted by Val Ross

House of Commons standing committee on Canadian heritage has asked the federal government to reconsider its proposed cuts to the Museum Assistance Program.

Oct 1, 2006 — News Article

Stephen Harper and the Theo-cons by Marci McDonald

In-depth article profiles the rising clout of Canada's religious right.

Sep 28, 2006 — News Article

Heritage committee grills CBC bosses on reality TV, hockey

The House of Commons committee on Canadian Heritage questioned senior CBC managers about programming decisions and rumours the network could lose hockey.

Sep 28, 2006 — News Article

Ottawa must seize CRTC agenda by Nick Mulder

Comment piece says that the CRTC should act on the government's instructions or else legislators should "seize the agenda" from the regulator.

Sep 28, 2006 — News Article

No sex, bug-eating on CBC: Rabinovitch by Mike De Souza

Appearing before the House of Commons heritage committee, CBC president and acting chairman Robert Rabinovitch was grilled over a series of summer controversies.

Sep 27, 2006 — News Article

Transcript from the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Senior CBC management answer questions from Parliamentarians on issues such as local newscasts, new technologies, the CBC mandate, controversial programming decisions, and public broadcasting's place in the world.

Sep 27, 2006 — News Article

Heritage cuts rock regional museums by Val Ross and James Adams

Conservative government cuts $4.6-million from Canadian Heritage.

Sep 26, 2006 — News Article

How far will this free marketeer go? by Konrad Yakabuski

Industry Minister Maxime Bernier plans to unveil a major, market-oriented reform of Canada's $33-billion telecommunications sector this fall.

Sep 21, 2006 — News Article

Our film funding too thin too long by Martin Knelman

Columnist says the McGuinty government should provide funding so Ontario filmmakers are on equal footing with those in Quebec.

Sep 19, 2006 — Policy Brief

FRIENDS statement to the House of Commons - Standing Committee on Finance

Friends recommends that funding for Canadian public broadcasting should be increased to at least 0.14% of GDP, and in return for reducing, or eliminating its reliance on advertising revenues, the CBC's public funding should be increased.

Sep 11, 2006 — News Article

Leaders weirdly silent on sweeping broadcast treaty by Michael Geist

Canadian delegation has remained silent during deliberations on a wide-sweeping international broadcast treaty that will have significant consequences for Canadians.

Sep 6, 2006 — News Article

CRTC line ringing busy

The decision by the CRTC to ignore the government's wishes on Internet phone service could lead to the Conservatives pulling the plug on many of the powers held by agency.

Sep 6, 2006 — News Article

Kevin Shea Named Chair Of The Ontario Media Development Corporation

Former president and CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio and YTV Canada has been appointed as the new chair of OMDC effective immediately.

Sep 5, 2006 — Policy Brief

Pre-Budget Consultation Brief to the Finance Committee

FRIENDS recommendation to the Finance Committee states that the CBC's public funding should be increased in return for reducing, or eliminating its reliance on advertising revenues.

Sep 5, 2006 — News Article

China slaps director with 5-year filmmaking ban

A Chinese director has been banned from making movies in China for five years after screening a film at Cannes without government approval.

Sep 1, 2006 — Policy Brief

Submission to CRTC re the Future Environment facing the Canadian Broadcasting System

FRIENDS reccomends that public policy should ensure that all entities which benefit from access to Canadian viewers and listeners make appropriate contributions to support Canadian content, especially drama on television.

Sep 1, 2006 — News Article

Ian Morrison Interview by Cyril Doll

Q & A with FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, on the CBC and the Conservative government's plans for public broadcasting

Sep 1, 2006 — News Article

Unplugged: The CBC 'won't look much like it does today' when this government's done with it by Cyril Doll

Columnist speculates that the Conservative government may want to move CBC toward an american style, viewer-supported public broadcasting or it may abandon over-the-air transmission.

Aug 25, 2006 — News Article

Ottawa urged to push foreign takeovers by Simon Tuck

Federal officials have told Industry Minister Maxime Bernier that Ottawa should encourage more foreign takeovers and other investment from abroad.

Aug 17, 2006 — News Article

ANALYSIS: Policy mis-direction? by Greg O'Brien

The proposed policy directive from the Conservative government ignores the Telecom Policy Review Panel's recommendations for "significant market power" in the telecommunications industry.

Aug 10, 2006 — News Article

Oda has no plans to help broadcasters convert to HDTV by Mike De Souza

Despite warnings that Canadian broadcasters are falling behind their American counterparts in developing high-definition television, Heritage Minister Bev Oda wants to see more research before making a decision.

Aug 9, 2006 — News Article

Government of Canada Supports CRTC Licensing Decision for Allarco Entertainment Inc.

A decision to award Allarco Entertainment a broadcasting licence to operate a new national English-language general-interest pay-television service has been upheld.

Jul 31, 2006 — News Article

Resurrecting the Media Council idea by Ammu Joseph

India media observer says that the most important pre-requisite of an effective media regulatory body is that it be taken seriously by the media industry.

Jul 31, 2006 — News Article

The broadcast bill and the public interest by Ammu Joseph

India media observer says the primary objective of media regulation in a democracy is to preserve and protect citizens' fundamental rights to information and freedom of expression.

Jul 28, 2006 — News Article

Sound and fury over the Broadcast Bill by Ammu Joseph

In India, journalists object to provisions of a proposed Broadcast Bill empowering the government to cripple media through pre-censorship; the media industry has been lobbying against the Bill's attempt to regulate ownership.

Jul 26, 2006 — News Article

A Campaign to Head Off New Decency Rules by Jim Puzzanghera

The entertainment industry wants to avoid more crackdowns by teaching parents how to block racy TV shows.

Jul 24, 2006 — News Article

CRTC about to set a new course under the Harper government

This fall the Prime Minister will pick a replacement for the outgoing CRTC Chair - the choice will provide indication on future directions for Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications.

Jul 18, 2006 — News Article

CanWest's Australian TV asset could turn hot by Grant Robertson

A move by the Australian government to relax media ownership rules could see CanWest Global in the middle of a possible takeover binge in the country's radio, television and newspaper industries.

Jul 14, 2006 — News Article

A test for Tories' free-market mantra by Simon Tuck

Bell Globemedia's proposed acquisition of CHUM Ltd. raises fresh questions about the concentration of media ownership in Canada and challenges the ruling Conservatives' free-market principles.

Jul 14, 2006 — News Article

Court tosses out Sony BMG merger by Jeffrey Goldfarm and Sabina Zawadzki

A European court has upheld a challenge to the Sony BMG merger from independent record labels - a decision that could break-up the world's second-biggest music company.

Jul 12, 2006 — News Article

National Arts Centre appoints new chairperson

Toronto arts maven Julia Foster has been named chairwoman of the board of trustees of the National Arts Centre by Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda.

Jul 11, 2006 — News Article

Six-Figure Fines For Four-Letter Words Worry Broadcasters by Frank Ahrens

$325,000 indecency fines has sent radio and television stations and media giants scurrying to protect themselves from a potentially major business expense.

Jul 11, 2006 — News Article

Feds won't give Quebec filmmakers a cash boost by James Adams

Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda has declined to give the Quebec film industry $20-million to solve "production crisis".

Jul 6, 2006 — News Article

Heritage Minister cancels review of CBC mandate on PM's order by Mike De Souza

FRIENDS says that the expected CBC mandate review that would have fuelled interest in public broadcasting was blocked on instructions from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office.

Jul 5, 2006 — Blog Post

Former Liberal cabinet minister supports a CBC mandate review

Hon. Andy Scott urges the Minister of Canadian Heritage to initiate the planned review of the CBC, despite intervention by the Prime Minister's office.

Jun 30, 2006 — News Release

Viewing of Foreign Shows on CBC-TV hits new high

FRIENDS says that the record level of foreign shows on CBC-TV is more evidence that CBC needs direction from Parliament and Canadians to return to its public broadcasting mandate.

Jun 30, 2006 — News Article

De plus en plus de contenu étranger, Brigitte Mccann

The national public broadcaster is airing approximately four times more foreign programming than in 2004 during prime time, according to FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jun 30, 2006 — News Article

Revamped TVO may have ads by Robert Benzie and Steve Rennie

The Ontario government is modernizing and revamping TVOntario, but the spectre of advertising now looms over the province's public broadcaster.

Jun 30, 2006 — News Article

TVOntario drops axe on Studio 2 by Karen Howlett

Ontario's public broadcaster undergoes sweeping overhaul fuelled by $25-million injection.

Jun 29, 2006 — News Article

Final Report on the Canadian News Media

Senate report recommends that CBC television should not provide services that inappropriately duplicate those of the private sector, such as the coverage of professional sports and the Olympics.

Jun 29, 2006 — News Article

Liberals plan big overhaul of TVOntario by Robert Benzie and Rob Ferguson

Ontario's public television broadcaster will receive a temporary increase in its annual $45 million base operating grant from the province help implement a new agenda.

Jun 29, 2006 — News Article

U.S. senate rejects regulation of Internet access by Jim Abrams

An effort by Internet users to prohibit telephone and cable companies from creating a two-tiered internet failed to get through a Senate committee.

Jun 29, 2006 — News Article

TVO to get $25-million makeover by Karen Howlett

TVOntario will receive $25-million in new government funding over two years as part of a plan to focus more closely on education and learning.

Jun 29, 2006 — News Article

Ontario Liberals deny role in cancelling TVO news show

Opposition suggests the Liberals wanted TVOntario's flagship news show, Studio 2, cancelled because it was often critical of the government.

Jun 26, 2006 — News Article

Ottawa abandonne son projet d'ordonner un examen du mandat de Radio-Canada, Sylvain Larocque

FRIENDS believes Heritage Minister Bev Oda discreetly abandoned a plan to order a mandate review of the CBC under pressure from other members of the federal Cabinet.

Jun 25, 2006 — News Article

Senate meddles with media, but someone's got to do it by Charles Gordon

Senate report helps the public understand the news media better and media people better understand themselves.

Jun 23, 2006 — News Article

Ottawa must not control the press

Editorial says giving elected politicians the power to make decisions on media mergers would undermine public confidence in MPs and news gatherers.

Jun 22, 2006 — Blog Post

Liberal leadership candidates speak out on Canadian culture and broadcasting

FRIENDS asked each of the eleven candidates seeking leadership of Liberal Party for their views on four key Canadian broadcasting and cultural issues.

Jun 22, 2006 — News Article

NDP Says Reality TV Decision Reflects Deep Problems at CBC

NDP Heritage Critic Charlie Angus says CBC television appears to be a rudderless ship without a sense of its important mandate.

Jun 21, 2006 — News Article

TVO overhaul to be 'positive' minister says by Robert Benzie

A "strategic review" of Ontario's public broadcaster could be released today - Minister states that big changes, but not massive job cuts are included in the offering.

Jun 19, 2006 — News Article

Amended Federal Accountability Act a blow to GR: lobbyists by Simon Doyle

Prime Minister Harper has introduced an amendment to the Federal Accountability Act to ban key members of his five-member transition team from lobbying the government.

Jun 19, 2006 — News Article

New lobbying rules may hit CAB by Greg O'Brien

Conservative insider Elizabeth Roscoe may lose her position with the Canadian Association of Broadcasters due to lobbying rules under the Federal Accountability Act.

Jun 14, 2006 — News Article

CRTC says it's already changing way it rules phone sector by Catherine McLean

The CRTC is studying recommendations made by a federal review panel that examined the telecom industry - some proposed changes are already being made.

Jun 14, 2006 — News Article

Panel proposes cuts in PBS funding by Brooks Boliek

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has voted to reduce funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting by 17.4% for 2007 and has refused advance-funding for 2009.

Jun 14, 2006 — News Article

Bernier trumpets new telecom approach by Catherine McLean and Simon Tuck

Industry Minister Maxime Bernier tells the CRTC to rely on market forces in the telecommunications industry to the "maximum extent feasible."

Jun 13, 2006 — News Article

Government Gives Directions to CRTC

For the first time since the adoption of the Telecommunications Act, the government has issued a policy direction to the CRTC.

Jun 13, 2006 — News Article

NDP Declares Victory in CBC Design Team Layoff Delay

CBC management is delaying layoffs to in-house production staff at CBC Toronto until May 31, 2007.

Jun 13, 2006 — News Article

CRTC calls for public comment

On June 12, 2006 the CRTC issued two calls for public comment on broadcasting issues.

Jun 12, 2006 — News Article

CBC License Renewal Delayed by Broadcast Review

CBC/Radio-Canada's licence renewal delayed after Federal Heritage Minister Bev Oda's announcement of a six-month review of new television technologies.

Jun 12, 2006 — News Article

Review Must Fix TV Policy

ACTRA welcomes the CRTC review of television policy and calls for a guarantee that Canadian programming has a place on the public airwaves.

Jun 12, 2006 — News Article

House passes Telecom Bill without "net neutrality"

Largely ratifying the policy agenda of the nation's largest telco companies, the U.S. House of Representatives last week passed the most comprehensive telecommunications legislation since 1996.

Jun 12, 2006 — News Article

Canada set to shore up protection for b'casters by Etan Vlessing

CRTC study to help the government set its broadcasting policy for the 21st century.

Jun 12, 2006 — News Article

Government steps into debate about TV's future by Grant Robertson

The Conservative government is calling for an immediate study of the effects of changing technology on the radio and television industries - expected to take precedence over a review being planned by the CRTC.

Jun 11, 2006 — News Release

Conservative hidden agenda for CBC

FRIENDS issues statement following the failure of Heritage Minister Bev Oda to announce a mandate review of CBC.

Jun 11, 2006 — News Article

Feds ask CRTC to assess impact of changing technology on broadcasting by Judy Monchuk

Federal Heritage Minister Bev Oda has asked the CRTC to determine what impact rapidly changing technology will have on the broadcast industry's future - move expected to delay the CBC's renewal licence for a year.

Jun 10, 2006 — News Article

TV networks hope review brings ad relief by Barbara Shecter

The Federal government and the CRTC are expected to release details of a policy review that could reshape television rules.

Jun 10, 2006 — News Article

TV networks can relax by James Adams

A discussion paper prepared for the Banff World Television Film Festival says that Canadian broadcasters need to integrate with the global media business to prosper in the new digital environment.

Jun 8, 2006 — News Article

Oda and the Copyright Pledge

Blog reveals that in the final days of the last federal election campaign, Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda received significant contributions from many in the copyright lobby - groups that now seek support on key policy issues.

Jun 8, 2006 — News Article

Pubcasters Gird for Hill Fight as Appropriators Slash $115 Million by Dinesh Kumar

U.S. House of Representatives votes to cut $115 million in federal support from public broadcasters; may spark grass-roots campaign to restore funds.

Jun 7, 2006 — News Article

House debating indecency bill by Brooks Boliek

U.S. Congress to vote on legislation that would fine broadcasters up to $325,000 for airing indecent speech.

Jun 5, 2006 — News Article

Whither the CBC? by William Neville

A discussion paper on the future of public broadcasting in Canada by a former member of the CBC board of directors.

Jun 5, 2006 — News Article

CBC should be a real public broadcaster by William Neville

Former member of the CBC board of directors states that the federal government must better define the CBC's role and that there must be less emphasis on audience ratings and commercial revenues.

May 31, 2006 — News Article

Harper government votes against protection and promotion of Canadian cultural and artistic identity

Mauril Bélanger, Liberal critic for Canadian Heritage, condemns the government's opposition of a motion to protect and promote Canadian cultural identity.

May 31, 2006 — News Article

Sask. gov't fights CRTC decision

The Saskatchewan government is asking the federal cabinet to take action on a CRTC decision that restricts the public phone utility's ability to compete with new market entrants.

May 29, 2006 — News Article

CRTC's unpopular job is to protect the public interest by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist describes how recent controversial decisions, the inability to uphold its own rules and the current political environment make the CRTC's existence precarious.

May 25, 2006 — News Article

Meetings with arts community productive, heritage minister says

After meeting with broadcasters and arts and cultural representatives, the Federal Heritage Minister says a process to look at broadcasting and new technology will soon be announced.

May 19, 2006 — News Article

Oda urged to halt CBC gradual wind-down

CBC's union, the Canadian Media Guild, is urging the Canadian Heritage Minister to intervene and avert what it sees as the gradual privatization of CBC-TV.

May 19, 2006 — News Article

Transcript of Exchange concerning terms of CBC Mandate Review

Transcript of question by Liberal opposition critic for Canadian Heritage and response by the Minister of Canadian Heritage concerning parliamentary disclosure and debate of the terms of the government’s rumoured mandate review of the CBC.

May 17, 2006 — News Article

Statement concerning Visit of the Secretary General of La Francophonie

Senator comments on Conservative government’s insensitive treatment of visiting cultural dignitary, says ignorance of francophone culture reveals “staggering lack of understanding of the strategic role of culture in Canada”.

May 13, 2006 — News Article

Regulator fading to black: Future of The CRTC by Paul Vieira

Columnist argues the CRTC's conflicting roles - to foster competition in the telecommunication industry while also ensuring Canadian artists and programming are allowed to flourish - demonstrate a need for reform.

May 11, 2006 — News Article

Transcript of Exchange on Canada Council for the Arts and the CBC

Transcript of questions by Liberal opposition critic for Canadian Heritage and responses by the Minister of Canadian Heritage concerning funding of the Canada Council for the Arts and the commercialization of CBC television.

May 9, 2006 — News Article

Transcript of Exchange on Arts and Culture

Transcript of comments by Liberal opposition critic for Canadian Heritage and responses by Conservative Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage concerning parliamentary grant to CBC and other aspects of Canadian cultural funding.

May 8, 2006 — News Article

A smaller CRTC

National Post editorial advocates reduced role for CRTC, argues that federal broadcasting regulations should be loosened quickly, including those restricting foreign ownership.

May 6, 2006 — News Article

Conservatives put CRTC on notice by Paul Vieira

The Conservative government has ordered the CRTC to review and reconsider its decision on Internet telephony, or VoIP; the intervention marks the first time since 1994 that the federal cabinet has demanded that the CRTC change a ruling.

May 4, 2006 — News Article

Arts reaction to budget mixed by James Adams

Federal budget provides some arts funding, but amount not commensurate with what arts organizations say they need.

May 2, 2006 — News Article

Canadian artists protest labels' piracy plan by Etan Vlessing

Canadian Music Creators Coalition speaks out against major record label position urging U.S.-style copyright laws in Canada to halt music piracy.

May 2, 2006 — News Article

Different Cast, Same Script

Canadian performers' union expresses disappointment in Conservative budget's failure to address funding for the Canadian film and television industry, in particular the CBC, the Canadian Television Fund (CTF) and Telefilm.

May 2, 2006 — News Article

Tory budget has culture, but not much by John McKay

Arts and culture receive total of seven lines in 302-page budget document; Canadian cultural organizations have mixed reactions.

Apr 28, 2006 — News Article

The federal budget: where will arts and culture be?

CCA says main estimates make no mention about budget cuts for arts and culture, but also contain no indication the Conservative government intends to invest new money.

Apr 27, 2006 — News Article

Alternative Federal Budget 2006: Moving Forward

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' 2006 Alternative Federal Budget recommends $178.4 million be allocated to implement proposed CBC local/regional strategy over three years.

Apr 27, 2006 — News Article

Shock jock monitors CRTC: 'No axe to grind'. MP is appointed to House committee by Elizabeth Thompson

Andre Arthur, former radio shock jock turned independent MP, has been named to the House of Commons standing committee that oversees the CRTC.

Apr 27, 2006 — News Article

PM to extend lobbyist ban after advisor takes new job by Allan Woods

Conservative staffer accepts senior position with Canadian Association of Broadcasters; Prime Minister's Office says Accountability Act will be amended to block government changeover advisors from lobbying for five years.

Apr 26, 2006 — News Article

Hill aims bill at sat downloads by Brooks Boliek

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has introduced legislation that would require satellite, cable and Internet broadcasters to pay fair market value for the performance of digital music and implement measures to prevent music theft.

Apr 26, 2006 — News Article

Martin: More work needed on indecency by Paul J. Gough

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin says broadcasting industry effort to achieve parental control of children's viewing will not satisfy the commission's standards on decency; claims 70% of U.S. television shows contain sexual content and that profanity has increased 95%.

Apr 24, 2006 — News Article

MPs may rue proposal to release the hounds by Chantal Hébert

Columnist argues the Conservative government's Accountability Act will foster a climate of suspicion within the federal bureaucracy, where cultural initiatives and other programs without immediate return will suffer.

Apr 24, 2006 — News Article

Le mandat de Radio-Canada: c'est reparti! par Paul Cauchon

Columnist discusses Conservative government's forthcoming mandate review of the CBC.

Apr 21, 2006 — News Article

Leaf-less playoffs hit Hockey Night by Chris Cobb

Article says decline in advertising resulting from of poor position of Toronto Maple Leafs in NHL playoffs could impact CBC revenues by as much as $30 million.

Apr 21, 2006 — News Article

Radio-Canada est dans la mire des conservateurs par Paul Cauchon et Alec Castonguay

FRIENDS says news that Conservative government will review mandate of CBC not a surprise, questions whether intention is to give political direction to the CRTC.

Apr 20, 2006 — News Article

Quick action sought on CBC review by Graham Fraser

Article says Conservative mandate review of the CBC will not be conducted by a parliamentary committee involving former Alliance culture critic Jim Abbott; FRIENDS notes that Conservative policy on public broadcasting has changed significantly since 2004 election.

Apr 19, 2006 — News Article

CBC skeptic given role in review of broadcaster by Mike De Souza

Conservative MP Jim Abbott, who will reportedly assist Heritage Minister with review of CBC mandate, has been a harsh critic of the national public broadcaster in the past.

Apr 19, 2006 — News Article

Choose not to regulate by Perrin Beatty

Op-ed by former CBC president states government must reduce role of the CRTC and advance telecom reform before Canada falls behind in the telecom industry.

Apr 16, 2006 — News Article

Harper called a 'Bush Baby' by Bruce Kirkland

Conservative election victory lamented, blamed on Liberal voter apathy; Canada called an "alternate universe" to the U.S., "too civilized and precious to be messed up".

Apr 14, 2006 — News Article

TV industry review bumps CBC in CRTC queue by Guy Dixon

CBC management note to staff confirms CBC licence renewal hearing has been deferred.

Apr 12, 2006 — News Article

Heritage to direct TV review by Barbara Schecter and Paul Vieira

Article says Conservative government will allow CRTC to conduct television industry review, but under federal Heritage Department direction; CBC licence renewal to be delayed until industry review complete.

Apr 12, 2006 — News Article

Hang up by Antonia Zerbisias

Toronto Star columnist's blog quotes from CBC management message to staff confirming that the CRTC will defer the CBC's broadcast licence renewals; raises questions about CBC's future under a Conservative government.

Apr 10, 2006 — News Article

Accountability Act to include CBC

Conservative government Accountability Act will mean CBC is subject to access-to-information rules and investigations by the auditor-general, raising concerns about the confidentiality of journalistic sources.

Apr 4, 2006 — News Article

Throne Speech Silent on Culture

Canadian performers ask the government for a commitment to maintain Canadian control over public airwaves and to preserve the ability for Canadians to see Canadian stories on those airwaves.

Mar 31, 2006 — News Article

Canadian Heritage: National Priorities

Liberal opposition critic comments on key culture and heritage issues, urges Conservative government to conduct broad-based consultations in planned review of the CBC's mandate.

Mar 30, 2006 — News Release

Civil society organizations promote five priorities for new parliament

FRIENDS joins Council of Canadians and other groups to strengthen support for Canadian culture, calls on new Conservative government to fund CBC's local/regional programming plan.

Mar 30, 2006 — News Article

Social activists put pressure on Tories by John Ward

Public interest groups, including FRIENDS, identify alternative priority areas and policy direction for Stephen Harper's government.

Mar 29, 2006 — News Article

Internet Firms Want FCC to Enforce Net Neutrality by Arshad Mohammed

Internet giants, eBay, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo ask U.S. Congress to ensure companies that control the Internet do not block or slow particular Web services.

Mar 29, 2006 — News Article

CEP calls for an end to gagging of news media by Stephen Harper

Journalists' union questions accountability of new Conservative government as Prime Minister Harper continues to deny media access to Cabinet ministers.

Mar 28, 2006 — News Article

NDP alarmed at talk of easing telecom cap by Bill Curry

NDP warns easing foreign ownership restrictions on telephone companies would lead to job losses, higher phone bills, less Canadian content.

Mar 24, 2006 — News Article

Stage is set for spinoffs of broadcasting assets by Andrew Willis

Columnist predicts Telecom Policy Review Panel report will trigger restructuring of communications companies to separate telecom from broadcast and media assets.

Mar 23, 2006 — News Article

Canadian panel urges end to foreign-ownership rules by Etan Vlessing

Telecom Policy Review Panel recommends end to foreign ownership rules in telecom sector, but says restrictions on licensed broadcasters should remain until sector-specific review can be conducted.

Mar 23, 2006 — News Article

Report of the Telecommunications Policy Review Panel

Key recommendations of the report of the Telecommunications Policy Review Panel include liberalizing foreign ownership rules, scaling back the role of the CRTC, and conducting a similar policy review of the regulation of the broadcasting sector.

Mar 22, 2006 — News Article

Bernier open to telecom changes by Simon Tuck

New Conservative Industry Minister says he would consider ending foreign ownership restrictions in the telecommunications sector.

Mar 19, 2006 — News Article

Money Changes Everything by Jacques Steinberg

Corporate donations credited with saving U.S public radio, allowing it to expand services, leading to significant increase in audience.

Mar 16, 2006 — News Article

New Mandate for the BBC: Put Entertainment First by Sarah Lyall

UK government white paper indicates BBC Board of Governors will be replaced by an executive board, and by the BBC Trust, which will represent viewers and to which the executive board will be accountable.

Mar 14, 2006 — News Article

A White House visit by way of Kandahar by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist argues Canadian media surprisingly uncritical in coverage of new Conservative government.

Mar 10, 2006 — News Article

CBC boss worries about the future by Antonia Zerbisias

President says CBC is "only partly" a public broadcaster; columnist notes that review of CBC mandate proposed by Heritage Minister would hold up CRTC licence renewal process.

Mar 9, 2006 — News Article

CBC needs 'critical mass' of drama, president says by Victoria Ahearn

CBC President praises idea of CBC mandate review; says CBC drama should be risk-taking, innovative.

Mar 9, 2006 — News Article

Notes for Remarks by Robert Rabinovitch at the Empire Club of Toronto

Text of speech by CBC President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Rabinovitch, on the future of CBC.

Mar 8, 2006 — News Article

CBC should get new mandate: NDP

NDP Heritage Critic calls for stable funding, end to patronage appointments at CBC.

Feb 20, 2006 — News Article

Why B-E-V spells out bad news for the C-B-C by Deirdre McMurdy

The new Conservative Heritage Minister has reportedly instructed staff to research the best way to approach a mandate review of the CBC; article speculates that mandate could be narrowed and funding cut.

Feb 18, 2006 — News Article

Oda eyes CBC, Council funding by Val Ross

Heritage Minister's past calls for a full review of CBC's mandate raise concerns; Minister suggests government may look at CBC management appointments process.

Feb 10, 2006 — Blog Post

Letter to the Editor of the Ottawa Sun re: CBC

FRIENDS responds to article criticizing CBC spending, notes that editorial independence from government and elected officials must be maintained to distinguish CBC as a public rather than a state broadcaster.

Feb 10, 2006 — News Article

CanWest challenging restrictions on drug ads by Grant Robertson

In an application filed in the Ontario Superior Court, CanWest Global says laws governing drug advertisements should be overturned on constitutional grounds.

Feb 9, 2006 — News Article

CBC Radio 'offensive and flippant' by Denis Armstrong

Expenditures on CBC Radio New Orleans benefit concert criticized; NDP Member of Parliament warns that CBC budget a focus of "budget trimmers" in the Conservative government.

Feb 7, 2006 — News Article

Radio-Canada n'est pas inquiet

Francophone management at CBC/Radio-Canada not concerned over fate of CBC following election of new Conservative government.

Feb 7, 2006 — News Article

Heritage minister's industry experience an asset, say producers

FRIENDS comments on appointment of new Heritage Minister, Conservative government policy toward CBC.

Feb 6, 2006 — News Article

Ontario's Bev Oda named new heritage minister

Beverley Oda, a former private broadcaster and CRTC Commissioner, has been named the new Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women.

Feb 6, 2006 — News Article

Conservatives raised $18-million in 2005, Libs $8.7-million by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Summary of top political contributions to federal political parties in the fourth quarter of 2005.

Feb 6, 2006 — News Article

Canada's Parliament Gains Ex-Shock Jock With an Ax to Grind by Ian Austen

New York Times profiles independent MP who believes CRTC should be eliminated.

Feb 2, 2006 — News Article

Stern -- uncut -- arrives in Canada by Chris Lackner

CBC rationalizes decision by Sirius Canada, 40% owned by CBC, to carry Howard Stern.

Feb 1, 2006 — News Article

Commission's White Paper on European Communication Policy. Debating Europe - involving citizens

European Commission publishes white paper on communication policy, focusing partly on media and new technologies; calls communication "first and foremost a matter of democracy."

Feb 1, 2006 — News Article

CRTC takes a step in the right direction, but still a long way to go

ACTRA criticizes failure of CRTC to impose positive obligations on private broadcasters to increase production and exhibition of Canadian drama.

Jan 30, 2006 — News Article

Ottawa should step up curbs on drug ads, report says by André Picard

Health Council of Canada report concludes Canada should strengthen restrictions on advertising of pharmaceuticals; pharmaceutical industry denies direct-to-consumer advertising is a priority.

Jan 28, 2006 — News Article

CBC executive worries about Harper’s intentions by Anthony Cooper

Maritimes director for CBC TV worries that Conservative government has not made its intentions for CBC clear.

Jan 28, 2006 — News Article

Parliament Hill gets its first shock jock by Nathalie Petrowski

Quebec MP said to want to shut down the CRTC.

Jan 28, 2006 — News Article

Who will helm Heritage? by Val Ross and James Adams

Article speculates on potential appointees to Heritage portfolio.

Jan 25, 2006 — News Article

Canadian biz relieved after vote by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS comments on apparent Conservative election strategy concerning the CBC.

Jan 24, 2006 — News Article

Heritage minister loses seat in political shift

Former Minister of Canadian Heritage, Liza Frulla, defeated; Conservative Bev Oda tipped to replace her.

Jan 23, 2006 — News Article

Minorities serve us best

Opinion editorial says that minority governments best represent the interests of Canadians, no telling what a Harper government would cut from the budget.

Jan 23, 2006 — News Article

Advice to a new prime minister by Norman Spector

Conservative advisor counsels breaking up CBC, structuring CBC radio on U.S. "fundraising drive" model.

Jan 22, 2006 — News Article

Harper, the CBC and the $1 billion question by Chris Cobb

Discussion of what a Conservative government may mean for the CBC.

Jan 21, 2006 — News Article

142 Tory words, but wait . . . a good idea by Kate Taylor

Columnist notes contrast between Bloc and Conservatives in emphasis on cultural policy.

Jan 21, 2006 — News Article

Panique au culturel par Paul Cauchon

Private broadcasters donate to, fete Conservative candidate likely to become next Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Jan 20, 2006 — News Article

Why minority government is good for Canada by Bruce Campbell and Seth Klein

Authors wonder what will happen to the CBC under a Harper government; conclude that minority governments less likely to stray from core Canadian policy values.

Jan 20, 2006 — News Article

Press Release: Where The Political Parties Stand On Culture

Responses by federal political parties to questions on Canadian cultural and communications policy posed by assistant professor of Communication Studies at the University of Windsor; lack of media attention to issues such as CBC funding, foreign ownership limits, Canadian content regulations and support for the arts called a "cultural blackout of incredible democratic significance."

Jan 19, 2006 — News Article

Budgets aux arts: le PC ne se mouille pas par Stéphane Baillargeon

A Conservative government would preserve the "role" of national cultural institutions, but unclear whether it would maintain their funding.

Jan 16, 2006 — News Article

Has Harper Really 'Evolved'? by Tom Barrett

Article says Conservative leader is a pragmatist who has changed his image, not necessarily his ideology.