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All Parliament / Legislation Articles — 2007

Dec 31, 2007 — News Article

Ottawa améliore son bilan en culture by Mario Cloutier

Senator Michael Fortier, Minister responsible for Montreal in the Harper Cabinet, expresses optimism for culture and Montreal after overcoming tumultuous relations with Quebec under former Heritage Minister Bev Oda a year ago.

Dec 26, 2007 — News Article

Verner impressionne au Patrimoine, mais le vrai test reste à venir

Article says Josée Verner makes a favourable impression at Canadian Heritage but the real test is yet to come.

Dec 25, 2007 — News Article

The Letters of the Law by Michael Geist

Columnist looks back on Canadian tech law in 2007.

Dec 24, 2007 — News Article

Tories blast CBC in party fundraising letter by Alexander Panetta

Conservative party official Doug Finley has sent Conservative supporters a letter in which he lambastes the CBC and asks people for money to help fight an election.

Dec 22, 2007 — News Article

Ottawa accused of caving in to Hollywood on copyright by Bill Curry

The Canadian Library Association is urging Ottawa to ensure its copyright legislation reform does not attack Canadians who copy music and videos for their own use.

Dec 18, 2007 — News Article

U.S. loosens rules for media cross-ownership

The U.S. broadcast regulator has voted to allow broadcasters in the nation's 20 largest media markets to also own a newspaper.

Dec 18, 2007 — News Article

Political appointees receive hefty raises by Glen McGregor

The Harper government has given CRTC commissioners a 7% pay raise.

Dec 17, 2007 — News Article

Ontario upping credits to 35%, 25% for Hollywood by Etan Vlessing

The Ontario government has announced a plan to hike tax credits for foreign and local producers shooting in the province over the next three years.

Dec 17, 2007 — News Article

Are we really going to let the BBC decide how our society develops? by Janet Daley

In the U.K., an opposition party proposal would make the licence fee for public service broadcasting available to any broadcaster that proposes to make programmes deemed to be in the public interest, not just the BBC.

Dec 17, 2007 — News Article

Facebook more than just a cool tool for kids by Michael Geist

Columnist says that issue of copyright reform has shown that the social networking website Facebook can be an effective and efficient tool to educate and galvanize grassroots advocacy.

Dec 17, 2007 — News Article

Copyright court fight leads 2008 playlist Deirdre McMurdy

In early 2008, the Federal Court of Appeal will be asked if a Copyright Board of Canada decision to impose a $75 surcharge on personal entertainment devices, such as iPods, is legal.

Dec 16, 2007 — News Article

Wider Spying Fuels Aid Plan for Telecom Industry by Eric Lichblau, James Risen and Scott Shane

Article says the Bush administration has been lobbying to pass legislation protecting telecom companies from lawsuits for aiding the National Security Agency's warrantless eavesdropping program.

Dec 15, 2007 — News Article

The Small Screen: If you thought 2007 was eventful, you ain't seen nothin' yet by Tamsen Tillson

With issues such as a public hearings on the Canadian Television Fund, the takeover bid of Alliance Atlantis and new legislation on the horizon, columnist says 2008 promises to be even more eventful than 2007.

Dec 15, 2007 — News Article

Ripped from the headlines in '07

A year in review of the top headlines for the Canadian broadcasting industry in 2007.

Dec 12, 2007 — News Article

Opposition to copyright bill seems to have blindsided Prentice by Deirdre McMurdy

Columnist says that the perception the Conservative government is succumbing to pressure from the U.S. entertainment lobby in shaping Canadian copyright policy is a key reason the new legislation has been put off.

Dec 11, 2007 — News Article

Directive 2007/65/EC of the European Parliament

European Parliament Directive on television broadcasting in Member States.

Dec 11, 2007 — News Article

Ottawa appears to delay tabling copyright amendment by Julian Beltrame

Columnist says that growing opposition may delay much-awaited amendments to the Canadian Copyright Act.

Dec 10, 2007 — News Article

Prentice to unveil his answers to copyright law disputes by Deirdre McMurdy

Industry Minister Jim Prentice is set to table long-awaited legislation to reform Canada's Copyright Act.

Dec 8, 2007 — News Article

Clampdown driven by an unmentionable fear by Derek DeCloet

Columnist says that new foreign takeover rules are motivated by the increasing economic clout of China.

Dec 8, 2007 — News Article

Foreign takeovers face new scrutiny; Ottawa to monitor acquisitions by state-owned firms by Geoffrey Scotton

New foreign investment guidelines will scrutinize the acquirors' corporate governance, transparency and commerciality via the Investment Canada Act.

Dec 8, 2007 — News Article

Foreign buyout rules clarified by Lauren Krugel

Industry Minister Jim Prentice has released new guidelines that say state-owned enterprises, like other foreign companies investing in Canada, will be judged on whether proposed acquisitions are of net benefit to Canada.

Dec 7, 2007 — News Article

Appointment to National Film Board of Canada

Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, has announced the appointment of Mary-Lynn Charlton to the National Film Board of Canada.

Dec 6, 2007 — News Article

Parliament of Canada: Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Transcript of the appearance of incoming CBC president Hubert T. Lacroix in front of the House of Commons Heritage Committee.

Dec 4, 2007 — News Article

Appointments to Canada Council for the Arts

Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage has announced the appointment of Barbara Burley and Jean Saucier as members of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Nov 27, 2007 — News Article

Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Transcript of the appearance of outgoing CBC president Robert Rabinovitch in front of the House of Commons Heritage Committee.

Nov 7, 2007 — News Article

Minister stirs debate on TV fees by Grant Robertson

Heritage Minister Josée Verner says the interests of consumers are the most important factor in the debate over whether Canada's largest television networks should be allowed to charge for their signals.

Nov 7, 2007 — News Article

Verner jumps in with both feet by Deirdre McMurdy

Columnist says Heritage Minister Josée Verner spoke frankly about the CRTC, Canadian Television Fund and proposed copyright legislation in a speech to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters.

Nov 6, 2007 — News Article

New CBC chief a 'team player' by Jim Bawden

Elections Canada records indicate the new CBC president donated $1,000 to Daniel Fournier, the 2006 Conservative candidate in the Montreal riding of Outremont.

Nov 6, 2007 — News Article

Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Josée Verner talks about the government's policy priorities at a broadcast industry conference.

Nov 6, 2007 — News Article

Never owned shares

Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, responds to controversy surrounding a marketing agency owned by her husband.

Nov 6, 2007 — News Article

Bélanger proposes that the new President and CEO of the CBC/Radio-Canada appear before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

The Official Opposition Critic for Canadian Heritage wants the next CBC President and CEO to present his vision for the public broadcaster in front a parliamentary committee.

Nov 5, 2007 — News Article

Study: Assessing the use of government services online

A new study says that about one-third of adult Canadians accessed government information and services online in 2005.

Nov 5, 2007 — News Article

Ottawa dips into private sector to find new CBC President

FRIENDS says it is against the national interest for the senior leader of Canada's public broadcaster to be an appointment by a politician.

Nov 5, 2007 — News Release

Appointment of Hubert Lacroix as CBC President & CEO

FRIENDS says Prime Minister Harper has ignored a recommendation of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage in appointing Hubert Lacroix as President of the CBC.

Nov 3, 2007 — News Article

Quebec anniversary ad has minister on hot seat by Elizabeth Thompson

Columnist says controversial ads that criticize Quebec City's 400th anniversary celebrations were prepared by a company in which Heritage Minister Josée Verner and her husband have a financial interest.

Oct 30, 2007 — News Article

Unions to Verner: rein in the CRTC by Patricia Bailey

A group of film, TV and music organizations is calling on the Minster of Canadian Heritage to put pressure on the CRTC to enforce its cultural and social policies - and the requirements of the Broadcasting Act - more rigorously.

Oct 30, 2007 — News Article

Competition panel seeks public input after releasing consultation paper

A federal panel reviewing Canada's competition policy and foreign takeovers is seeking public input after releasing its consultation paper.

Oct 19, 2007 — News Article

Tories face critical task of finding new CRTC leaders by Deirdre McMurdy

Columnist says that an almost complete turnover of CRTC commissioners will have a significant bearing on federal broadcasting and telecommunications policy at a critical time.

Oct 17, 2007 — News Article

No Culture in Throne Speech

ACTRA says continued government inaction threatens Canada's film and television industry

Oct 16, 2007 — News Article

SOCAN's Internet tariff: a new tariff, a new beginning by André LeBel

Article provides an update on the proposed tariff to cover music use on the Internet.

Oct 15, 2007 — News Article

Harper to create government-run media centre: report

A newspaper report says Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been working on a secret project to build a $2-million government-controlled media centre.

Oct 15, 2007 — News Article

Our music industry needs innovation not intervention by Michael Geist

Columnist says that as Canada's digital music market continues to grow it needs innovation rather than new intellectual property regulation.

Oct 5, 2007 — News Article

Comments hamper Canada-China TV co-prods by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says talks between Canada and China for a TV series co-production treaty have broken off because of Prime Minister Harper's recent comments criticizing China's human rights record.

Sep 21, 2007 — News Article

Quebecor CEO draws derision from rivals by Barbara Shecter

Quebecor says new wireless technology being held back by "oligopoly" of incumbent wireless operators Rogers, Telus and Bell.

Sep 20, 2007 — News Article

Don't give smaller firms a break, Rogers says

Rogers opposes proposal to limit portion of wireless spectrum auction to smaller competitors at a discount.

Sep 20, 2007 — News Article

Wireless war of words resumes by Paul Vieira

Rogers opposes subsidizing wireless spectrum for new entrants, says doing so would finance spectrum "flips" if foreign ownership restrictions lifted.

Sep 20, 2007 — News Article

Mr. Rogers vs. the 'corporate bums' by Vito Pilieci

Rogers critical of discounts for new wireless market entrants in planned spectrum action.

Sep 14, 2007 — News Article

Copyright will soon see its name in lights by Deirdre McMurdy

Article says Conservative government is facing pressure to toughen copyright laws, even though such laws represent a form market intervention the government might otherwise oppose.

Sep 12, 2007 — News Article

Unresolved issues create more questions than answers by Deirdre McMurdy

CRTC set to release report it commissioned on ways to maximize the reliance of the broadcasting sector on market forces.

Aug 31, 2007 — News Article

Ottawa tells federal bodies to review spending by Gloria Galloway

Several government departments, including Canadian Heritage, are being told to reallocate the least useful 5 per cent of their expenditures to more important things.

Aug 30, 2007 — News Article

New heritage minister a mystery by Patricia Bailey

Columnist says it remains to be seen whether new Heritage Minister Josee Verner has any more clout with the PMO that her predecessor.

Aug 27, 2007 — News Article

Time to rethink Canadian Heritage's mandate by Michael Geist

Columnist says Heritage Minister Josee Verner should focus on new priorities such as support for new media, the Net neutrality issue and implementing a national digitization strategy.

Aug 25, 2007 — News Article

Harper urged to get tough with Telefilm as beleaguered Montreal film festival opens by James Adams

The vice-president of Montreal's film festival has invited Prime Minister Harper to "kick the ass" of the head of Telefilm Canada as a way of getting more money out of the Crown corporation.

Aug 21, 2007 — News Article

Digital policy issues a good icebreaker for new industry minister by Michael Geist

Michael Geist says that reforms focusing on digital issues could represent both good policy and smart politics for Jim Prentice, Canada's new industry minister.

Aug 17, 2007 — News Article

Verner has her work cut out for her by Paul Gessell

FRIENDS welcomes Josée Verner's appointment as Heritage minister and says her predecessor was too closely associated with the broadcasting and cable industries.

Aug 16, 2007 — News Article

Verner inherits tough tasks by Grant Robertson

Article suggests Josée Verner's appointment as Heritage Minister may have more to do with the government's desire to boost its presence in Quebec than with plans to shake up the broadcasting sector.

Aug 16, 2007 — News Article

Arts, CBC advocates see ray of hope in new minister by Mike Youds

The lobby group Save Our CBC Kamloops hopes new Heritage Minister Josée Verner will be an ally in attempts to have CBC broadcast service restored in the region.

Aug 15, 2007 — News Article

Public missing in Broadcast Bill debate by Ammu Joseph

Columnist says citizens are being shut out of the debate on new broadcast regulation in India.

Aug 15, 2007 — News Article

Verner suscite de l'espoir dans le milieu culturel, Karine Fortin

FRIENDS joins others in welcoming appointment of Josée Verner as Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Aug 15, 2007 — News Article

Harper puts right-hand man in Industry post by Heather Scoffield

Columnist says Jim Prentice, who inherits the telecommunications deregulation process from Maxime Bernier, will likely be quickly consumed by competing broadcasting interests.

Aug 15, 2007 — News Article

New Heritage minister inherits a full plate by Val Ross

Columnist notes that voters in Quebec - where the new Minister of Canadian Heritage is from - and urban Canada want federal support for the CBC, museums, ballet tours and galleries.

Aug 15, 2007 — News Article

Oda 'messed up': NDP by Brett Clarkson

The NDP's Olivia Chow says Bev Oda lost her post as Heritage Minister because of high-profile mistakes such as a 2006 political fundraiser organized by broadcasters.

Aug 15, 2007 — News Article

For Harper, it's politics over culture by Martin Knelman

Columnist says Josée Verner - a Quebec City MP and new Heritage Minister - is considered progressive and more likely to be embraced by the arts community.

Aug 10, 2007 — News Article

Oda out: PM pulls plug on Heritage run by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda, who is under fire for campaign financing irregularities, is expected to lose her job in a cabinet shuffle.

Aug 10, 2007 — News Article

NDP Asks CBC Chair to Remove Long

NDP MP Charlie Angus has asked the CBC Board Chair to keep Tom Long, a "Conservative insider", out of hiring process for a new CEO and executive director of news for Canada's public broadcaster.

Aug 9, 2007 — News Article

Oda may be out – but who will take her place? by Val Ross

Columnist notes that Bev Oda has managed to quietly deliver more in real dollars to the Canada Council for the Arts than the Liberals.

Aug 8, 2007 — News Article

Where's the fanfare?

Some in the arts community are saying that the low-key announcement of a $30-million infusion into the arts council budget shows the government was hoping not to draw attention to the decision.

Aug 8, 2007 — News Article

Oda's ouster would not be mourned by Martin Knelman

Columnist says Bev Oda has been an enigmatic and lacklustre head of culture as heritage minister.

Aug 7, 2007 — News Article

Canada's iPod levy may yet face the music by Michael Geist

Columnist says a recent Copyright Board decision that re-opens the door to placing a levy of up to $75 on iPods could move an overhaul of the Canadian copyright collective system onto the political agenda.

Aug 4, 2007 — News Article

O'Connor to be bumped from defence in shuffle by Robert Fife

Article says Heritage Minister Bev Oda, "who is judged by the PMO to be a weak minister", could be replaced by James Moore or Jason Kenney in an expected cabinet shuffle.

Jul 27, 2007 — News Article

Lawmakers fret over digital TV transition by Brooks Boliek

Some U.S. lawmakers say too little is being done to prepare Americans for the switch to digital television signals in February 2009.

Jul 27, 2007 — News Article

Oda announces funds for National Ballet School by David George-Cosh

Heritage Minister Bev Oda has announced that Canada's National Ballet School will receive $800,000 in additional funding.

Jul 21, 2007 — News Article

Opposition derides extra $30M for arts council as political manoeuvring by Steve Rennie

The Liberals and NDP say $30 million in funding for Canada's arts council is more a political ploy than a genuine commitment to the arts community.

Jul 20, 2007 — News Article

Oda boosts Canada Council for the Arts funding by $30 million

Heritage Minister Bev Oda has promised more money for Canada's arts council, bringing the agency's total funding to $180 million each year.

Jul 19, 2007 — News Article

The Militarization And Annexation of North America by Stephen Lendman

Article says that corporate and political leaders in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico are secretly perusing deeper economic, political, social, and security integration.

Jul 18, 2007 — Policy Brief

Submission to the CRTC on the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council proposed Journalistic Independence Code

FRIENDS supports the CBSC proposal with the addition of two provisions to protect freedom of speech and access to employment in a changing media environment.

Jul 17, 2007 — Policy Brief

Submission to the CRTC Diversity of Voices Proceeding

FRIENDS says unregulated services threaten to undermine the goals of the Broadcasting Act, and segments of the Canadian media industry now suffer from the negative impact of excessive concentration.

Jul 17, 2007 — News Article

Progress seen on Internet radio talks by Seth Sutel

Columnist says Internet radio broadcasters and the music industry are closer to resolving a dispute over higher royalty fees for streaming music online.

Jul 13, 2007 — News Article

Shaken Internet Radio Stations Face Specter of New Fees Sunday by Kendra Marr

The U.S. Copyright Royalty Board has decided to almost triple royalty rates imposed on Internet radio providers by 2010 and charge an annual $500 fee per station or channel.

Jul 12, 2007 — News Article

Former Bell CEO to spearhead competition policy review

Article says a new government-created panel will review Canada's competition and foreign investment policies to ensure that they are encouraging foreign investment.

Jul 11, 2007 — News Article

Dion's gamble on culture by Val Ross

Stéphane Dion says a Liberal government would reverse the Conservative government's $11.8-million cut to cultural diplomacy, and add another $11-million to promote and tour Canadian artists abroad.

Jul 11, 2007 — News Article

Copyright reform is needed now by Glenn O'Farrell

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters calls on the government to address the problems surrounding "an increasingly complex and fragmented copyright regime".

Jul 11, 2007 — News Article

Corus wants lockout kept on U.S. cable channels by Grant Robertson

Corus chief executive officer John Cassaday plans to argue against lifting restrictions on U.S. cable channels when CRTC hearings are held on rules governing specialty channels in January.

Jul 10, 2007 — News Article

EU seeking mobile TV solidarity by Leo Cendrowicz

In attempt to kick-start the mobile television industry, the European Commission is mandating common broadcasting standards.

Jul 10, 2007 — News Article

Broadcaster named Ontario Lieutenant-Governor

David Onley, a long-time reporter, anchor and host of CITY-TV in Toronto, will be the next lieutenant-governor of Ontario.

Jul 7, 2007 — News Article

Media-ownership submissions to CRTC sought

NDP heritage critic Charlie Angus is urging citizens to register their concerns over the concentration of the Canadian media industry.

Jul 5, 2007 — News Article

Broadcasters, BDUs and regulators, don't forget your Jim exercises by Kurt Eby

Case study describes how changing media consumption habits relate to Canada's broadcast regulatory system.

Jul 2, 2007 — News Article

Webcasters' Plea Falls on Deaf Ears by Olga Kharif

The U.S. Congress has refused to intervene in a dispute between Internet radio broadcasters and the music industry over royalty fees.

Jul 2, 2007 — News Article

Our cultural policy is offline for Internet by Michael Geist

Michael Geist says the emergence of new media is rendering many Canadian content regulations irrelevant.

Jun 29, 2007 — News Article

Campaign to focus media concentration awareness by Guy Dixon

A campaign called Canadians for Democratic Media has launched to highlight media consolidation issues in Canada and generate support for public and grassroots media.

Jun 28, 2007 — News Article

CRTC studies impact of new media by Paul Vieira

CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein says Ottawa needs to ensure Canadian content is widely available amid the growing popularity of new media platforms that are exempt from government regulation.

Jun 27, 2007 — News Article

Oda's words welcomed by film and TV players by Gayle MacDonald

Federal Heritage Minister Bev Oda promises to ensure American owners of Motion Picture Distribution and ThinkFilm abide by foreign-policy rules.

Jun 27, 2007 — News Article

Effort to regulate TV violence is renewed by Jim Puzzanghera

U.S. Senator plans to introduce new legislation regulating "indecent, violent and profane content" on broadcast, cable and satellite TV.

Jun 26, 2007 — News Article

Minister Oda signs deal for museum intern funding by James Adams

Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda has signed an agreement with the Canadian Museums Association for a $5-million program to help small museums hire summer interns.

Jun 22, 2007 — News Article

Ottawa takes hands-off approach to merger by Steven Chase and Brian Laghi

Article says the Harper government has signaled it will leave ultimate approval of a possible Telus takeover of BCE to the Competition Bureau and the CRTC.

Jun 21, 2007 — News Article

Potential merger now Ottawa's problem by Andrew Willis

Columnist says killing a Telus/BCE merger might win the Conservatives votes, but would leave Mr. Harper open to criticism over his heavy-handed intrusion into markets.

Jun 16, 2007 — News Article

Festivals accuse Ottawa of foot-dragging by Val Ross

Festival organizers say they are suffering because the government hasn't outlined rules to apply for new funding announced in the last budget.

Jun 14, 2007 — News Article

Ottawa widens spectrum for satellite services by Catherine McLean

Columnist says Industry Canada has increased competition for Telesat Canada by issuing more than half of 12 new licences for satellite airwave spectrum to new market entrants.

Jun 14, 2007 — News Article

Mind your own affairs, war museum boss tells senators by Paul Gessell

Victor Rabinovitch, president of the Canadian Museum of Civilization and brother of the head of the CBC, says politicians should not tell cultural institutions how to conduct their business.

Jun 14, 2007 — News Article

CRTC boss urges new Act for changing landscape by Paul Vieira

The head of CRTC says Ottawa should consider merging the laws that govern broadcasting and telecommunications because technology is rapidly bringing the two sectors together.

Jun 13, 2007 — News Article

Blair calls British media 'feral beast' by Mimi Turner

Prime Minister Tony Blair has attacked Britain's print and broadcast journalism for lack of balance, sensationalism and search for "venal" sins in public life.

Jun 12, 2007 — News Article

CBC not yet for sale under Harper Tories by Romeo St. Martin

Article says there is growing disappointment and frustration among Conservatives with the Harper government putting a decision on the future of the CBC on hold.

Jun 11, 2007 — News Article

Tories eye revamp of takeover rules by Steven Chase

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says Ottawa must be wary of corporate takeovers by foreign companies beholden to another government's agenda.

Jun 11, 2007 — News Article

Behind-scenes action set stage for camcording bill by Michael Geist

Michael Geist says draft legislation written by the Canadian Motion Pictures Distributors Association likely served as the basis for what is now the government's proposed movie piracy bill.

Jun 11, 2007 — News Article

Musharraf backs down over curbs on media by Zahid Hussain in Islamabad

Article says that after a week of nationwide mass protests and criticism from the international community, President Musharraf of Pakistan has withdrawn proposed curbs on media coverage of opposition protests.

Jun 10, 2007 — News Article

Ottawa announces $29-million renewal of New Media Fund

The federal government has announced it will spend $29-million over the next two years to renew a program aimed at helping the development of Canadian new media products.

Jun 7, 2007 — News Article

Converters Signal a New Era for TVs by Jacques Steinberg

Columnist says that without the purchase of a digital-ready television or a signal converter, nearly 20 million homes in the U.S. will lose over-the-air television transmission on Feb. 17, 2009.

Jun 4, 2007 — News Article

Cut creatives some slack on taxes, says MP by Marise Strauss

The NDP's Peggy Nash is calling on Ottawa to change its tax laws for cultural professionals.

Jun 4, 2007 — News Article

Oda and Bernier deliver anti-piracy bill by Norma Reveler

Proposed bill would make it a crime to camcord movies in theaters and send movie pirates to prison for up to five years.

May 31, 2007 — News Release

Calgary Sweeps 2007 Dalton Camp Awards

Calgary is home to both winners of the 2007 Dalton Camp Award, an annual essay contest on the link between democratic values and the quality of media in Canada.

May 29, 2007 — News Release

Winners of the 2007 Dalton Camp Award to be announced

Winners of the 2007 Dalton Camp Award to be announced on May 31st at the Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences in Saskatoon.

May 28, 2007 — News Article

Public opinion grows chilly on foreign takeovers by Steven Chase

Focus group report for Industry Canada discloses resistance to Conservative government enthusiasm for relaxing telecom ownership restrictions.

May 25, 2007 — News Article

Summer festival organizers angry over stalled $30M sponsorship program by Mike De Souza

Hundreds of summer festivals say they are being shut out of a new $30-million federal sponsorship program that was suspended by Heritage Minister Bev Oda following accusations that it was a slush fund for Conservative MPs.

May 23, 2007 — News Article

Briefing to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage by Noreen Golfman, Ph.D.

FRIENDS' steering committee chair says the Canadian Heritage Committee should make it clear to CBC that regional programming is a priority and ensure that the public broadcaster is funded accordingly.

May 23, 2007 — News Article

Knowledge Network gets a new life by Les Leyne

FRIENDS is encouraged by new legislation before the B.C. government to support the province's public television broadcaster.

May 14, 2007 — News Article

Parliamentary permissions outmoded

Michael Geist says Canada should follow the U.S. lead by removing the requirement to obtain permission to use video and audio of public discussion of elected officials.

May 8, 2007 — News Article

Broadcast executive returns to Liberal fold by Patricia Best

Kevin Shea - who most recently helped Sirius satellite radio land a federal broadcast licence - has returned to work at a Liberal ad agency.

May 8, 2007 — News Article

CBC needs to set clear objectives: auditor general

FRIENDS questions the appointment process of senior management for Canada's public broadcaster.

May 8, 2007 — News Article

CBC shows unused and unaccounted, says Fraser by Norma Reveler

Auditor general Sheila Fraser says CBC had 6,000 hours of unused and improperly managed programming at its French and English TV networks in 2005.

May 5, 2007 — News Article

Report missed donations, Oda says by Bill Curry

Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda insists that all cheques from members of the broadcast industry were returned after a controversial political fundraiser was cancelled last fall.

May 4, 2007 — News Article

Oda faces heat over aborted fundraising event by Bill Curry

Records show Heritage Minister Bev Oda's riding association cashed donations from senior members of broadcasting industry even after a political fundraiser was cancelled.

May 1, 2007 — News Article

Martel marks PM's birthday with gift of second book by Val Ross

Columnist says Booker Prize-winning author Yann Martel has started a guerrilla campaign to affirm the importance of the arts and literature in the national discourse.

Apr 28, 2007 — News Article

Chairman has 'great love' for CBC by Guy Dixon

Columnist says Heritage Minister Bev Oda has favoured accounting and corporate-board experience over a background in media or the arts with the appointment of the new chairman of the CBC.

Apr 28, 2007 — News Article

He's the Heritage Minister too? by Val Ross

Columnist says that Stephen Harper's centralized decision-making style means that when the Prime Minister likes a cultural project, such as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, funds become available.

Apr 27, 2007 — News Article

Police yourself by Konrad Von Finckenstein

The CRTC chair says the government wants to move quickly toward less regulation, but if the telecommunications industry does not demonstrate is it capable of policing its own behavior, it will face consequences.

Apr 27, 2007 — News Article

Oda's political payback

Editorial says that the Heritage Minister's poor handling of a proposed $30-million plan to sponsor arts and culture festivals now gives a potentially worthy program the perception of a patronage 'slush fund'.

Apr 27, 2007 — News Article

Oda's call to trough is out of step

Editorial says Heritage Minister Bev Oda should release details of a new cultural sponsorship program to all interested groups, not just MPs.

Apr 26, 2007 — News Article

FCC asks Congress to define violence by Brooks Boliek

U.S. federal broadcast regulators tell Congress they need the same powers to protect children from violent content as they have for indecent content.

Apr 26, 2007 — News Article

Tory ridings get first crack at millions in arts, culture funding by Andrew Mayeda

Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda scrambled to defuse reports of a "backdoor process" to funnel $30 million into arts and culture festivals in ridings held by Conservative MPs.

Apr 24, 2007 — News Article

Atwood says Tories out to 'squash the arts'

Canadian author Margaret Atwood is deeply critical of the Harper government's arts policies.

Apr 23, 2007 — News Article

Industry Canada wants a DTV deadline; digital radio movement by Greg O'Brien

Industry Canada's assistant deputy minister says the CRTC should set a deadline for Canadian television broadcasters to switch from analog to digital signals.

Apr 23, 2007 — News Article

Spare a thought for the journalists of Kabul, Mr. Harper by Arthur Kent

Article notes that instead of pressuring the Afghanistan government into upholding the freedom of the media, Prime Minister Harper makes jokes about the CBC.

Apr 23, 2007 — News Article

Classic lobby pits broadcasters against satellite and cable giants by Simon Doyle

Columnist says lobbying efforts are heating up over an emerging international treaty on broadcasting rights, pitting major broadcasters against communications giants.

Apr 20, 2007 — News Article

Canadian public broadcasting facing death by a thousand cuts by Knowlton Nash

Former anchor of CBC's The National says Canada's public broadcaster is under-funded and over-mandated and is now confronting the biggest crisis it has ever faced.

Apr 19, 2007 — News Article

Tories want CBC to matter

The federal heritage minister says the government is willing to give CBC long-term funding, but first wants to ensure the national broadcaster is in tune with Canadians.

Apr 18, 2007 — News Article

Oda vows to implement most Senate recommendations on news media by Laurel Hyatt

Heritage Minister Bev Oda says the government will implement most of the recommendations in a Senate report on news media, but that CBC must introduce programming that is relevant to Canadians before funding levels are determined.

Apr 16, 2007 — News Article

Former MP sues the CBC by Tracy McLaughlin

A former Canadian justice minister has claimed that CBC staff, including news anchor Peter Mansbridge and reporter Sasa Petricic, ruined his reputation in a broadcast that explored Internet gambling.

Apr 13, 2007 — News Article

Our native broadcaster

An aboriginal broadcaster tells the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage the CBC should better address the needs of Canada's aboriginal community.

Apr 9, 2007 — News Article

Harper government trying to make 'mission' in Afghanistan defining characteristic of who Canadians are by Murray Dobbin

Op-ed criticizes CBC's coverage of the war in Afghanistan saying the public broadcaster has been building up the image of the military and downplaying any negative aspects of the war.

Apr 9, 2007 — News Article

We do, Ms. Oda, we do by Pierre Arpin

The director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery says Canada's arts and cultural institutions are already heavily dependent on private sector support, and the government should provide matching programs to galleries and museums.

Apr 5, 2007 — News Article

Unshackled by Greg O'Brien

Cartt.ca reports on the details of the recent government decision to speed up deregulation of the local telephone market.

Apr 5, 2007 — News Article

Deregulation order frees Bell, Telus of restraints by Deirdre McMurdy

Article says Industry Minister Maxime Bernier has pushed ahead with policy that sidesteps parliamentary process and the CRTC, and benefits the largest telephone companies.

Apr 5, 2007 — News Article

EC OKs Arabic version of EuroNews by Leo Cendrowicz

The European Commission has approved an Arabic-language version of pan-European news channel EuroNews in a bid to boost ties with the Arab and Muslim world.

Apr 4, 2007 — News Article

Statement from the Chairman of the CRTC, Konrad von Finckenstein

Konrad von Finckenstein responds to the Conservative government changing a CRTC decision concerning the deregulation of local phone services.

Apr 2, 2007 — News Article

Oda on the record by Marise Strauss

Heritage Minister Bev Oda defends her performance during the CTF crisis, and talks of changes needed at the CBC and CRTC in a one-on-one interview.

Mar 31, 2007 — News Article

Oda defends museum policy by Val Ross

Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda reiterates her government's position that cultural institutions must increasingly turn to the private sector for operating support.

Mar 30, 2007 — News Article

Boomerang joke falls flat at Oda's talk by Paul Gessell

Officials with the Canadian Museums Association attempted to present Heritage Minister Bev Oda with a boomerang to represent that her election promises for more funding have come back to haunt her.

Mar 29, 2007 — News Article

Presentation to the Parliamentary Committee On Canadian Heritage

A former CBC President and CEO and a former Board member of the CBC provide recommendations to parliamentarians on the role of Canada's public broadcaster in the 21st Century.

Mar 28, 2007 — News Article

The Funding Crisis of the Canadian Television Fund

Report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on the funding crisis of the Canadian Television Fund.

Mar 23, 2007 — News Article

Submission to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

CAB's contribution to the Heritage Committee's investigation of the role of the public broadcaster in the 21st century.

Mar 23, 2007 — News Article

CBC chief: More money just a start by Norma Reveler

CBC president and CEO Robert Rabinovitch tells parliamentarians there is a widening gap between the public broadcaster's budget and what it is expected to deliver.

Mar 22, 2007 — News Article

What do you want from us? asks Rabinovitch by Norma Reveler

CBC president and CEO Robert Rabinovitch wants the federal government to sign a contract that spells out exactly what Ottawa expects of the public broadcaster and how it will be funded.

Mar 22, 2007 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada presents a new approach to governing public broadcasting in Canada

CBC press release calls for a new contract with Canadians based on five core principles.

Mar 22, 2007 — News Article

Notes for remarks by Mr. Robert Rabinovitch, President and CEO for CBC/Radio-Canada's appearance before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

Text of a presentation by CBC's President and CEO to the House of Commons Heritage Committee on the review of the public broadcaster's mandate in the 21st century.

Mar 22, 2007 — News Article

CBC president calls for long-term mandate

CBC president Robert Rabinovitch asks the parliamentary heritage committee for a 10-year mandate - FRIENDS recommends CBC focus on Canadian programming for television and radio.

Mar 21, 2007 — News Article

Major projects do without -- for now by James Adams

Article notes the Conservative government's budget contained little for Canada's cultural infrastructure.

Mar 16, 2007 — News Article

Un comité parcourra le pays afin de revoir le mandat de la SRC

Paul Cauchon reports that the Commons Heritage Committee is about to embark on a full study of the CBC throughout Canada.

Mar 16, 2007 — News Article

Harper moving Tories to centre by Andrew Mayeda

Columnist says Prime Minister Harper will attempt to attract a broad swath of middle-class voters who are motivated by tangible benefits over ideology.

Mar 14, 2007 — Policy Brief

Presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage in Vancouver

FRIENDS presents recommendations to parliamentarians on the role of the Public Broadcaster in the 21st Century.

Mar 14, 2007 — News Release

CBC set to unplug a million-plus Canadians

FRIENDS submits research to the Commons Heritage Committee showing a significant number of citizens would lose CBC TV programming if the public broadcaster were to drop over-the-air service outside major urban centres.

Mar 14, 2007 — News Article

RE: The Role of the CBC in the 21st Century by James McIntosh

Submission on behalf of the Fraser Educational Foundation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

Mar 14, 2007 — News Article

CBC's plans will disenfranchise Canadians, says FCB

FRIENDS presents research that shows three million Canadians do not subscribe to cable or satellite and receive their TV signal over the air.

Mar 14, 2007 — News Article

CBC Set to "Unplug a Million-Plus Canadians"

FRIENDS says plans by CBC to rely more heavily on cable and satellite transmission will disenfranchise Canadians who receive TV over-the-air.

Mar 14, 2007 — News Article

1.5 million will lose CBC reception, group fears by Tim Naumetz

FRIENDS warns the Commons heritage committee that the CBC may try to "unplug" hundreds of thousands of over-the-air television viewers in small cities and rural areas across the country.

Mar 10, 2007 — News Article

Committee reviews CBC mandate by Guy Dixon

Heritage Committee will tackle the CBC's role in new media as part of its review of the broadcaster's mandate.

Mar 10, 2007 — News Article

Harper confidante slams CBC by Mike De Souza

A letter attacking the credibility of the CBC, written by a confidante of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is raising eyebrows on the eve of public consultations to review the broadcasting corporation's mandate.

Mar 8, 2007 — News Article

Dr Tom Flanagan on StephenTaylor.ca

A long-time associate of Prime Minister Harper writes a letter to a conservative blogger about perceived bias at the CBC.

Mar 8, 2007 — News Article

Tom Flanagan on YouTube

Tom Flanagan, University of Calgary Political Science Professor and long-time close associate of Prime Minister Harper's alleges that CBC News has displayed a double standard in coverage of judicial appointments by Liberal and Conservative governments.

Mar 7, 2007 — News Article

It's Canada's copyright Kyoto by John Ibbitson

Article says Canada's Conservative government has failed to work out a final agreement on a new copyright act.

Mar 6, 2007 — News Article

The end of analog TV broadcasting by Steven Helle

U.S. television signals are mandated by Congress to be entirely digital by Feb. 17, 2009 - leaving as many as 66% of American TV sets obsolete.

Mar 2, 2007 — News Article

Heritage chair defends Shaw, Videotron by Patricia Bailey

The Conservative chair of the House of Commons heritage committee says the Canadian Television Fund needs to change, and is defending the withdrawal of payments by Shaw Communications and Videotron.

Mar 1, 2007 — News Article

Heritage Committee begins look into CBC by Norma Reveler

Jean-Pierre Blais - the Canadian Heritage deputy minister of cultural affairs - tells the Parliamentary committee reviewing CBC's mandate that the public broadcaster has pushed the private networks to be better and vice versa.

Mar 1, 2007 — News Article

CTF is not broken, so don't fix it, say MPs by Patricia Bailey

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Heritage votes to keep the existing structure of the Canadian Television Fund, with all funds going to independent producers and 37% destined for the CBC/SRC.

Feb 27, 2007 — News Article

NDP MP Charlie Angus wins victory for the CTF

NDP Heritage Critic Charlie Angus says his recommendations to the House of Commons Heritage Committee will lead to greater stability for the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 27, 2007 — News Article

Task force set up to study TV fund raises alarm bells by Antonia Zerbisias

Columnist raises concerns about the lack of transparency for the newly established CRTC task force set up to study the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 27, 2007 — News Article

NDP MP Charlie Angus wins victory for the CTF

Timmins James Bay MP says proposed new recommendations to the Heritage Committee's draft report on the Canadian Television Fund will lead to greater stability for the fund.

Feb 27, 2007 — News Article

Telecom vice-chair French quitting Commission

CRTC vice-chair, Richard French, says he will be resigning his position before the Federal Accountability Act disallows companies he owns from receiving government contracts.

Feb 26, 2007 — Policy Brief

Role of the Public Broadcaster in the 21st Century

FRIENDS recommends to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage that CBC governance should be free from patronage, the public broadcaster should better reflect Canada's regions and Parliament should increase CBC's budget by $100 million per year for the next five years.

Feb 23, 2007 — News Article

Submission to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

The CCA submission to the House of Commons Heritage Committee on the Role of the CBC as a Public Broadcaster in the 21st Century.

Feb 22, 2007 — News Article

2006–2007 Government Estimates

The federal government has tabled its Main Estimates in the House of Commons - including budgets for CBC.

Feb 22, 2007 — News Article

TVO won't go private, Education Minister says by Clint Thomas

Ontario's Education Minister says his government has no interest in selling off TVOntario, even though the number of memberships has fallen off sharply in recent months.

Feb 22, 2007 — News Article

Lobby group seeks local views on CBC by Mike Youds

Save Our CBC Kamloops is encouraging citizens to participate in the CBC mandate review process.

Feb 21, 2007 — News Article

Ottawa should stop with its excuses and fund the arts by Janet Gagnall

Columnist says that an investment in Quebec's arts community would pay big dividends in jobs and taxes.

Feb 20, 2007 — News Article

Transcript of the Heritage Committee hearing on the Canadian Television Fund

Unedited Hansard transcript of the hearings of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage with testimony from Shaw Communications, Vidéotron and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters regarding the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 20, 2007 — News Article

Bernier eyes easing the limits on foreign ownership by Simon Tuck

Conservative Industry Minister Maxime Bernier says he plans to raise with his cabinet colleagues the subject of easing foreign ownership restrictions on telecommunications companies.

Feb 19, 2007 — News Article

Entrevue avec la ministre Line Beauchamp - Pour une loi-cadre du patrimoine culturel

Stéphane Baillargeon reports that if the Quebec Liberals retain power, Cultural Heritage minister Line Beauchamp promises to make permanent a legal framework for funding cultural heritage.

Feb 17, 2007 — News Article

Continental integration talks spark fierce debate in U.S. by Kelly Patterson

A sweeping accord for the economic and security integration of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico has unleashed a firestorm of debate south of the border.

Feb 15, 2007 — News Article

Notes for remarks by Mr. Robert Rabinovitch to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Text of presentation by the President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada to the House of Commons Heritage Committee on the relationship between the CBC and the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 14, 2007 — News Article

Ottawa reins in TV rebels: Minister hits back by Paul Vieira

Heritage Minister Bev Oda says she sent has letters to Shaw Communications and Quebecor's Vidéotron Ltée urging them to resume payments to the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 13, 2007 — News Article

Oda promises letter asking cable firms for CTF funding

Heritage Minister Bev Oda says she will write to Shaw Communications and Vidéotron and ask them to resume their payments to the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 12, 2007 — News Article

Restore Funding to Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

A grassroots petition has started in response to budgetary cuts to a fund that supports the creation, dissemination and promotion of Canadian arts, Canadian cultural initiatives, and business opportunities for Canadian artists internationally.

Feb 12, 2007 — News Article

It's tough to get a clear signal by John Geddes

Columnist says the Conservative government can't seem to figure out what it wants to do with the CBC.

Feb 11, 2007 — News Article

Oda causing problems by Sheila Copps

Former Heritage Minister says it was a mistake by the Conservatives not to allow the Canadian Television Fund board to handle the dispute between the Fund and the cable companies.

Feb 9, 2007 — News Article

Plate-forme électorale du Parti québécois - Le PQ promet une manne à la culture, Stéphane Baillargeon

The Parti Québecois releases an election platform containing expansive cultural plans.

Feb 9, 2007 — News Article

CHUM deal prompts wide probe of ad market by Grant Robertson

Dozens of advertisers and broadcasters have been ordered to produce data on how television commercials are bought and sold, suggesting the federal Competition Bureau is studying the impact the proposed takeover of CHUM will have on Canadian advertising markets.

Feb 9, 2007 — News Article

Peladeau pushes feds to rethink TV by Peter Hadekel

Industry observers say the controversy with the Canadian Television Fund has come to a head because technological change has made the media industry far more competitive than ever before.

Feb 8, 2007 — News Article

Fonds canadien de télévision - Bev Oda renvoie la balle au CRTC

Heritage Minister Beverley Oda passes the buck to the CRTC on Big Cable's withdrawal from the Canadian Television Fund

Feb 7, 2007 — News Article

Bev Oda renvoie la balle au CRTC, Karine Fortin

Heritage Minister Bev Oda calls on the CRTC to deal with Shaw and Vidéotron's withdrawal from funding of the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 7, 2007 — News Article

Quebec TV industry pressures Ottawa on CTF funding

Actors and television producers in Quebec call on Ottawa to loan money to the Canadian Television Fund to replace money being withheld by Vidéotron and Shaw Communications.

Feb 7, 2007 — News Article

Tory documents cast doubt on Net neutrality

Internal government documents suggest that Conservative Industry Minister Maxime Bernier will side with large telecommunications companies in the Net neutrality debate.

Feb 6, 2007 — News Article

Keep your politics out of my Super Bowl, say viewers

Survey states that 60% of viewers that could recall the Conservatives' Super Bowl ad attacking Stéphane Dion had an unfavourable response.

Feb 6, 2007 — News Article

Bernier's hands-on style causes a stir by Simon Tuck

Richard French, the CRTC's vice-chairman of telecommunications, told a parliamentary committee that Industry Minister Maxime Bernier's direct involvement in the telecommunications sector is without precedent in the past few decades.

Feb 5, 2007 — News Article

Heritage minister spends $5,500 on limo rides during Juno trip

Heritage Minister Bev Oda racked up $5,500 in limo bills as she travelled around Halifax last spring for the Juno Awards - eventually paying back nearly half out of her own pocket.

Feb 5, 2007 — News Article

TV needs 'vision,' says Heritage critic Keeper by Patricia Bailey

Tina Keeper, the Liberal Party's Heritage critic, says a thriving homegrown TV industry should be a major priority.

Feb 3, 2007 — News Article

Just pay the piano player by Margaret Atwood

Prolific Canadian author says the creative community may need to engage in some rabble-rousing to counter the Stephen Harper government's lack of support for the arts.

Feb 3, 2007 — News Article

PM's voters favour Tim's, Cherry: poll by Peter O'Neil

Poll claims the profile of voters likely to support Stephen Harper's Conservatives are predominantly male, prefer a Tim Hortons double-double over a Starbucks latte and are less likely to watch CBC than other Canadians.

Feb 2, 2007 — News Article

CTF spat prompts probe into health of Canadian TV by Simon Tuck and Grant Robertson

The House of Commons Heritage Committee plans to make recommendations to Parliament about how Ottawa can help bolster Canada's television production industry.

Feb 2, 2007 — News Article

FCC hears wrath of Senate Dems by Brooks Boliek

Senate Democrats are pressuring FCC commissioners to set programming requirements for television broadcasters as part of the industry's mandate to operate in the public interest.

Feb 2, 2007 — News Article

Change appears the only certainty for Canadian Television Fund by Deirdre McMurdy

Columnist suggests Heritage Minister Bev Oda is poised to make fundamental changes to the Canadian Television Fund that may include a reduction in the CBC's portion of the $250 million annual budget.

Feb 1, 2007 — News Article

Angus motion on Canadian Television Fund passes unanimously

The NDP has passed a motion in the Heritage Committee to investigate how the possible elimination of the Canadian Television Fund would affect Canada's domestic television production industry.

Jan 30, 2007 — News Article

Cable barbarians at the gate by John Doyle

Columnist says that cable companies in Canada are so unpopular that the Conservatives would be hurt politically if they were seen to be siding with them in the Canadian Television Fund funding debate.

Jan 30, 2007 — News Article

NDP MP slams Oda on TV fund by Jorge Barrera

The NDP has released a report co-authored by the Conservative government’s Heritage Minister Bev Oda in 1993 where she opposed the creation of the Canadian Television Fund.

Jan 29, 2007 — News Article

Judicial Watch Releases Pentagon Records from "North American Forum" Meetings

Senior military and government officials from Canada, the United States and Mexico meet secretly in Banff to discuss further integration of the three countries.

Jan 29, 2007 — News Article

Oda steps into CTF fray by Marise Strauss

Heritage Minister Bev Oda has announced she will meet with Shaw Communications, Videotron and other stakeholders to address the current fracas at the Canadian Television Fund.

Jan 27, 2007 — News Article

Scrap iTunes restrictions, Dutch group demands by Toby Sterling

Consumer-advocacy groups in the Netherlands, Germany, France and the Nordic countries are pressuring Apple to change restrictions that tie songs bought on iTunes to the company's market-leading iPod players.

Jan 26, 2007 — News Article

Ottawa to contribute $200-million to TV fund

Heritage Minister Bev Oda has announced the federal government will contribute $200-million over two years to the Canadian Television Fund.

Jan 26, 2007 — News Article

Ottawa summons cable companies by Mike de Sousza

The federal government has summoned two cable television companies to Parliament Hill because of their decision to stop payments required for Canadian programming.

Jan 25, 2007 — News Article

NDP to take on Shaw, Videotron over television fund

NDP Heritage Critic Charlie Angus calls on Heritage Minister Bev Oda to explain what steps will be taken to enforce the obligations of Videotron and Shaw to pay into the Canadian Television Fund.

Jan 23, 2007 — News Article

PM lodges complaint against CBC

Officials with the Prime Minister's Office have lodged a complaint with the CBC ombudsman over a Radio-Canada report about a meeting between U.S. and Canadian officials in Texas.

Jan 23, 2007 — News Article

Former actress takes on Heritage role by James Adams

Tina Keeper, former star of the CBC series North of 60, says Heritage Minister Beverley Oda is doing a poor job and the Conservatives underestimate the importance of Canadian heritage.

Jan 16, 2007 — News Article

Somali broadcasters silenced by officials by Olivia Ward

Somalia's transitional government has shut down four broadcasters and ordered executives to appear before the national security agency.

Jan 16, 2007 — News Article

A separation of RAI and state? by Eric J. Lyman

The Italian government has unveiled a plan to restructure the state broadcaster to make it virtually free of political influence and less involved with commercial concerns.

Jan 11, 2007 — News Article

Does Media Reform Have a Chance in the Digital Age? by Don Hazen

A new book by Jeffrey Chester documents the mainstream media's behind-the-scenes efforts to transform the online media system into a powerful marketing machine.

Jan 11, 2007 — News Article

Copyright law changes could leave consumers vulnerable

Article suggests new digital copyright laws could turn consumers into criminals unless the Conservative government steps in with expanded "fair use" or "fair dealing" protections.

Jan 5, 2007 — News Article

Alliance sale should ignite feds says CEP

Canada's largest media union is calling for stiff government reaction to media ownership concentration that endangers the country's cultural and information environment.

Jan 3, 2007 — News Article

Wheat board battle a titanic ideological struggle by Frances Russell

Columnist comments recent changes to the Canadian Wheat Board may be the template for a soon-to-be-launched "destruction of the CBC" by the Conservative government.