All Parliament / Legislation Articles — 2008

Dec 26, 2008 — News Article

Put Culture in the Cabinet by William F. Ferris

The former chairman of the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities says President Obama should add a secretary of culture position to his cabinet.

Dec 23, 2008 — News Article

Postings raise ethics questions by Lee Greenberg

Ethics experts say the appointment of broadcaster Mike Duffy to the Senate raises questions about his professional neutrality as a journalist.

Dec 22, 2008 — News Article

Harper appointments confirm Senate role as payola heaven by Don Martin

Columnist says that whether real or imaginary, journalist appointments by government are viewed as the reward for obedient conduct

Dec 19, 2008 — News Article

Sheridan Scott exits as Competition Bureau head by Paul Vieira

Sheridan Scott, the head of the Competition Bureau who ran into trouble with the Conservative government this year, is leaving her post.

Dec 19, 2008 — News Article

Heritage minister: Arts will be part of economic stimulus package by Jessica Werb

Heritage Minister James Moore denies Conservative plans to cut $200 million from the CBC's parliamentary grant and says funding for arts and culture will be part of an economic stimulus package.

Dec 12, 2008 — News Article

Surviving the switch to digital television by Michael Patrick Brady

The U.S. is about to move to digital TV broadcasts, paving the way for a similar move in Canada.

Dec 10, 2008 — News Article

Toward a Next Generation Canada? by Andrea Wood

Analyst says that with the Obama administration set to "reshape" the U.S. economy "to compete in the digital age," now is the time for Canada to do the same.

Dec 5, 2008 — News Article

Media watchdog: Conservatives hope to cut CBC funding by $200 million by Jessica Werb

FRIENDS says a confidential source had alerted the organization of Conservative plans to slash $200 million from the CBC's parliamentary grant.

Nov 30, 2008 — News Article

World Falls for American Media, Even as It Sours on America by Tim Arango

Columnist says that after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, high-level media executives met with White House officials to discuss ways that the entertainment industry could play a part in improving the image of the United States overseas.

Nov 30, 2008 — News Article

Tories blink first in showdown by Tom Hanson

Senior Conservative says Stephen Harper has shot himself in the foot for ideological reasons — much as he did when he announced $45 million in arts funding cuts last summer.

Nov 24, 2008 — News Article

Le ministre semonce Radio-Canada

Heritage Minister asks CBC managers to reduce their expenses.

Nov 23, 2008 — News Article

Critics fears economic crisis gives Harper excuse to slash government

The former chief of staff to Prime Minister Harper says a five-per-cent cut to the CBC budget might be called for.

Nov 20, 2008 — News Article

On The Record

Culture exchange during the November 20th House of Commons Question Period.

Nov 18, 2008 — News Article

Charest hopes to avoid Harper minority fate with cultural tax breaks

Quebec Premier Jean Charest has promised to abolish the provincial sales tax of 7.5 per cent on culture-related products.

Nov 13, 2008 — News Article

Federal government considering sale of Crown assets: Flaherty

Finance minister Jim Flaherty says the CBC is not on a list of Crown assets that could be sold as a way of balancing the government's budget.

Nov 13, 2008 — Ad Campaign

Memo to Conservative Convention Delegates

Ad campaign delivers message to Conservative Party convention delegates that strengthening Canada's cultural sovereignty, as previous Conservative governments have done, could boost Stephen Harper's political fortunes.

Nov 13, 2008 — News Release

Ad campaign reminds Conservative delegates of culture power

FRIENDS ad campaign delivers message to Conservative Party convention delegates that strengthening Canada's cultural sovereignty, as previous Conservative governments have done, could boost Stephen Harper's political fortunes.

Nov 9, 2008 — News Article

The arts minister of the iPod generation by Steven Chase

Canada's new Heritage Minister defends cutting arts programs and says he wants to move beyond recent conflicts with the cultural community.

Nov 7, 2008 — News Article

Canada's new heritage minister not about to reverse arts cuts

Heritage Minister James Moore says he has no plans to cancel the $45 million in cutbacks announced before the start of the federal election campaign.

Nov 7, 2008 — News Article

Ottawa scraps portrait gallery plans by Tim Shufelt

Heritage Minister James Moore cites economic instability and unsuitable bids as reasons to abandon plans for the Portrait Gallery of Canada.

Nov 2, 2008 — News Article

Fox v. FCC heads to Supreme Court by William Triplett

A decision in Fox v. FCC could sharply cut back - maybe even eliminate - the U.S. broadcast regulator's authority to police the airwaves for indecent content, experts say.

Oct 31, 2008 — News Article

Harper's improved cabinet: something old, something new ... by Jeffrey Simpson

Columnist says that James Moore, the new Minister of Canadian Heritage, doesn't carry the chip on his shoulder about artists that he asserts that some Conservatives do.

Oct 30, 2008 — News Article

PM showcases experience, fresh faces by Brian Laghi, Steven Chase, Jane Taber and Daniel LeBlanc

Vancouver MP James Moore is expected to become the Minister of Heritage in Stephen Harper's new cabinet.

Oct 30, 2008 — News Article

B.C.'s Moore gets Heritage post by Patricia Bailey

Industry observers say the appointment of media savvy and bilingual James Moore as the minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages may signal the Conservatives are ready to take culture seriously.

Oct 28, 2008 — News Article

Canadian podcasting royalty down, but not out by Michael Geist

The Copyright Board of Canada has issued a decision that addressed the prospect of establishing a royalty on hundreds of thousands of websites.

Oct 27, 2008 — News Article

Digital Media: New media producers decry funding cuts by Etan Vlessing

Digital media producers are bracing for the potential elimination of Telefilm Canada's Canada New Media Fund.

Oct 18, 2008 — News Article

Meddling in the minutiae cost Harper his majority by Licia Corbella

Columnist says Stephen Harper should stick to governing the country and leave bureaucrats to "sweat the small stuff" - like culture cuts.

Oct 15, 2008 — News Article

Cultural groups want arts to remain in spotlight after election

After seeing arts funding jostle for the spotlight during the election campaign, the arts community says it will continue to monitor cultural decisions from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's strengthened minority government.

Oct 14, 2008 — News Article

Pro-arts votes add up against Tories by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says artist protests over $45 million in arts funding cuts during the national election campaign helped deny Stephen Harper a majority government.

Oct 14, 2008 — News Article

Arts cuts, inaction on economy crisis derailed Tory majority hopes by David Akin

Columnist says that Stephen Harper lost his chance at a majority government on Aug. 8 2008, when it was first reported the Conservatives were about to cut funding to arts and culture.

Oct 11, 2008 — News Article

How 'ordinary working people' are central to our art by Noah Richler

Columnist says Stephen Harper was wrong to suggest that artistic creations and working life are two divergent realms.

Oct 10, 2008 — News Article

Jack Layton asked to address CRTC scandal: PM Stephen Harper nicknamed 'subPrime Minister' for his failure to stop corporate welfare scam

An Australian public interest advocate has requested NDP Leader Jack Layton address allegations of illegal activities involving the Canada's federal broadcast regulator and media companies.

Oct 10, 2008 — News Article

Opinion: Playing culture as an election wedge issue is backfiring on the Tories by Mark Leiren-Young

Columnist says that Conservative arts policies aren't financial, they're ideological.

Oct 10, 2008 — News Article

Conservatives refuse answers on media, communications policy

The Conservative Party did not reply to questions about key policy issues related to media and communications in this election campaign.

Oct 10, 2008 — News Article

Ontario politicians press for cable TV coverage of legislature by Jessica McDiarmid

A private member's motion calling on Ontario to ask Ottawa to force TV companies to carry provincial and territorial legislative proceedings has received unanimous support from Ontario's legislature.

Oct 9, 2008 — News Article

Labour and social movements have made a difference by Fred Wilson

FRIENDS campaign mentioned in article about how social movements have impacted the federal election.

Oct 9, 2008 — News Article

Artists happy with Tory decision to reverse plans to scrap film and TV tax credits

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper's promise to reverse plans to scrap tax credits for productions deemed offensive to Canadian viewers came as a pleasant surprise to those in the film and television business and a major blow to the religious right.

Oct 9, 2008 — News Article

2008 Election - Arts platforms of major political parities

Article analyzes the arts and culture platforms of the NDP, Liberal Party, Conservatives, Green Party and Bloc Québécois.

Oct 8, 2008 — News Article

Writers, actors rally for culture by Marise Strauss

Media union tells arts supporters "If we lose control of our media, we lose control of the messaging of our national identity and democratic debate."

Oct 8, 2008 — News Article

'Vote culture, eh?' artists urge

Canadian actors, writers and other artists rallied in Toronto to send the message voters should consider culture when they go to the polls.

Oct 7, 2008 — News Article

Tories remain mute on CTF by Patricia Bailey

Although the three main opposition parties say they would renew the Canadian Television Fund, the Conservative Party has remained mute on the issue, contributing to worries about the future of Canadian TV.

Oct 7, 2008 — News Article

Conservatives pledge to reintroduce copyright reform by Peter Nowak

The Conservatives are promising to reintroduce controversial copyright-reform legislation if they are re-elected.

Oct 6, 2008 — News Article

What counts as 'culture'?

Editorial questions the figures used to describe the "economic footprint" of the Canadian arts and culture sector.

Oct 6, 2008 — News Article

Real artists don't need grants by D'arcy Jenish

Author says artists with real talent will find their own audiences and don't need government assistance.

Oct 5, 2008 — News Article

NAC Gala raises $835,000 for youth by Tim Shufelt, and Joanne Laucius

Columnist says the Tories kept a low profile at the National Arts Centre's annual fundraising gala that was politicized this year by the prime minister's recent criticisms of the arts community.

Oct 4, 2008 — News Article

Atwood rallies anti-Tory votes by backing Bloc by Joe Friesen, Omar el Akkad and Bill Curry

Author Margaret Atwood says she would - if she lived in Quebec - vote for the separatist Bloc Québécois to stop Stephen Harper from forming a government.

Oct 4, 2008 — News Article

Who's censoring whom? by Licia Corbella

Filmmaker who's work sheds a positive light on Canada's military mission in Afghanistan says he is being censored by the arts community.

Oct 3, 2008 — News Article

Debate pulls nearly three million by Marise Strauss

According to figures released by CTV, the English-language election debate grabbed nearly three million viewers.

Oct 3, 2008 — News Article

Opinion: The bottom line on arts funding by Mark Leiren-Young

Author and filmmaker says ordinary working people should be outraged by how little the Canadian government supports arts and culture.

Oct 3, 2008 — News Article

A Harper majority would tread lightly by Steven Chase

Senior Conservative official says selling off the CBC "would ensure that a future Conservative government majority would be a one-term majority and that's not what [Mr. Harper's] about".

Oct 2, 2008 — News Article

Bowing to the majority? (The potential Tory one, that is) by Russell Smith

Columnist wonders if recent decisions by CBC management are a result of the public broadcaster trying to make itself more palatable to a possible majority Conservative government.

Oct 1, 2008 — News Article

This isn't a culture war, it's a good old class war by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says Stephen Harper's Conservatives have used arts and culture to drive a wedge between "classes" of Canadians.

Oct 1, 2008 — Opinion Poll

Canadians think CBC is a good investment. What does Prime Minister Harper think?

According to a Nanos survey, nearly two-thirds of Canadian voters (63%) think the government's investment in CBC is a good use of taxpayers dollars.

Oct 1, 2008 — News Release

Canadians think CBC is a good investment. What does Prime Minister Harper think?

According to a Nanos survey, nearly two-thirds of Canadian voters (63%) think the government's investment in CBC is a good use of taxpayers dollars.

Sep 30, 2008 — News Article

Congress poised to pass Internet radio legislation by Joelle Tessler

The U.S. Congress is close to passing legislation that would buy extra time to finalize an agreement intended to save the emerging Internet radio market from a hike in copyright royalty rates.

Sep 29, 2008 — News Article

Harper pledges tax credit for children's art activities

Stephen Harper has pledged a re-elected Conservative government would create a tax credit for children's artistic activities.

Sep 29, 2008 — News Article

Let's hope arts bashing just a pose by Martin Knelman

Columnist says Stephen Harper could be the first politician to show contempt for culture during a campaign, then reverse himself in office by showering money on the arts.

Sep 28, 2008 — News Article

There's money in that entertainment industry by Randall Denley

Columnist says Stephen Harper's comments about culture being a "niche concern" shows the narrowness of the Conservative vision for Canada.

Sep 27, 2008 — News Article

Who gets to decide what's art and what's not?

Editorial says it is time to reevaluate how arts grants and subsidies are apportioned.

Sep 26, 2008 — News Article

Provinces slam Harper arts cuts by Marianne White

Provincial and territorial culture ministers slam the Conservative government's $45-million cutbacks to arts programs and call for a special meeting with the federal government after the election.

Sep 25, 2008 — News Article

What do 'ordinary working people' want on TV? Let me tell you by John Doyle

Columnist says Stephen Harper's comments on the arts show he is out of touch with what Canadians want from their country.

Sep 25, 2008 — News Article

Actors blast Harper by Marise Strauss

Outraged film and television actors defended their industry while taking shots at Prime Minister Stephen Harper for suggesting that ordinary Canucks don't care about arts funding.

Sep 24, 2008 — News Article

Artists 'should be landlords, not tenants' by Tenille Bonoguore and Murray Campbell

Canadian actors and artists say the arts is a resource that comes from the minds of Canadians and delivers fantastic returns in the form of quality of life, education and national identity.

Sep 24, 2008 — News Article

How will voters respond to Harper's battle with the arts community?

Political analysts says the arts may play a role in this election because it is throwing the Conservative's Quebec strategy off target.

Sep 24, 2008 — News Article

To be creative is, in fact, Canadian by Margaret Atwood

World renowned author says Stephen Harper has demonstrated that he has no knowledge of, or respect for, the capacities and interests of "ordinary people."

Sep 24, 2008 — News Article

UDA leader looks beyond Quebec by Patricia Bailey

The head of Quebec's largest actors' union has made a rare appeal -- he's calling for the need to protect pan-Canadian culture.

Sep 24, 2008 — News Article

Arts cuts 'niche issue': Harper by Andrew Mayeda and David Akin

Stephen Harper takes a swipe at members of the arts community in Quebec who have opposed his party's funding cuts.

Sep 24, 2008 — News Article

Dion blasts Harper's arts censorship by Doug Ward

Liberal leader Stephane Dion attacks Conservative leader Stephen Harper for censoring Canada's artists and underfunding cultural industries.

Sep 24, 2008 — Blog Post


Letter from a FRIENDS supporter on the value of the CBC and Canadian culture in light of Conservative government cuts to arts funding.

Sep 23, 2008 — News Article

Lost in translation by Kady O'Malley

Blog post contains the text of Stephen Harper's controversial comments on arts funding during a campaign stop in Saskatoon, SK.

Sep 23, 2008 — News Article

Layton vows to restore arts funding by Robert Benzie

NDP Leader Jack Layton warns that a Conservative majority government would slash or privatize the CBC.

Sep 23, 2008 — News Article

Video: Stephen Harper calls the arts a "niche" issue

Video of Prime Minister Harper at a press conference in Saskatoon, SK responding to criticism of cuts to arts and culture funding.

Sep 23, 2008 — News Article

Flap over arts cuts is a 'niche' issue: Harper

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has dismissed mounting criticism of arts cuts by calling culture a "niche" issue that doesn't resonate with "ordinary" Canadians.

Sep 22, 2008 — News Article

Tory arts cuts not playing well to Quebec crowd by Konrad Yakabuski

Columnist says that in Quebec, the Conservatives' recent $45-million cuts to the arts have morphed into an issue of cultural survival.

Sep 22, 2008 — News Article

Why public funding of arts matters to all of us by Jian Ghomeshi

The host of Q on CBC Radio One says we should stop pretending that culture is outside of the interests of Canadians.

Sep 21, 2008 — News Article

Liberals pledge to reverse Tory culture cuts by Sarah Boesveld

The federal Liberals have pledged to reverse millions in Tory cuts and also boost arts and culture spending by $530 million over the next four years.

Sep 20, 2008 — News Article

Cuts to arts funding could kill film school Tony Lofaro

The executive director of the Canadian Screen Training Centre says the school may have to close if Conservative cuts to arts spending are implemented.

Sep 19, 2008 — News Article

PM stands ground on cuts to culture by Tonda MacCharles

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has lashed out at criticism of federal cuts to arts programs and lectured the Quebec government to get its priorities straight.

Sep 18, 2008 — News Article

Tories promise $25M for French-language TV funding

Stephen Harper's Conservatives have promised $25 million for French-language television programming if re-elected.

Sep 16, 2008 — News Article

Arts funding to come through, Charest predicts by Kevin Dougherty

Quebec Premier Jean Charest is convinced the federal government will give in and restore $45 million in grants for artists and cultural enterprises.

Sep 15, 2008 — News Article

Make arts funding an election issue

Editorial says that if Stephen Harper believes he can bring greater efficiency to federal funding of the arts, he should do so openly – not by stealth cuts or smear campaigns.

Sep 15, 2008 — News Article

And the correct answer is... by Stephen Kimber

Blog post says a Conservative Party fundraising letter gives an "unappetizing" hint of what could be in store for the CBC if Stephen Harper and his Tories win a majority in the upcoming election.

Sep 15, 2008 — News Article

No 'free pass' for online comments by Joseph Brean

A Canadian Human Rights Commission ruling states that a website operator can be charged under federal human rights law if visitors to their site post hateful comments.

Sep 15, 2008 — News Release

Mr. Harper, is CBC a good or bad use of tax dollars?

In light of controversial comments and a provocative fundraising letter from his party, FRIENDS says Prime Minister Harper should tell Canadians where he stands on the CBC.

Sep 13, 2008 — News Article

Culture cuts go deeper in Quebec by Brendan Kelly

Columnist says Quebec's artists are in a full-blown rage over what they perceive as the Tory government's contempt for the artistic community in this country.

Sep 12, 2008 — News Article

Charest challenges Harper to keep funding for Quebec artists by Kevin Dougherty

Quebec Premier Jean Charest calls on the Harper government to roll back cuts of about $45 million in funding for Quebec artists.

Sep 12, 2008 — News Article

Harper criticized over stance on funding by Etan Vlessing

Canadian unions and guilds criticize Prime Minister Harper for saying public subsidies should not go to cultural products that fail to connect with audiences.

Sep 11, 2008 — News Article

Arts funding hiked 8% by Peter MacKay

The Minister of National Defence says the Conservative Government has increased funding for the arts since coming to office by almost eight per cent.

Sep 8, 2008 — News Article

Some media balk over state-of-the-art Tory broadcast studio by Glen McGregor

CBC says it will not take a TV signal directly from a new Conservative party broadcast studio.

Sep 8, 2008 — News Article

Competition the name of the game by Peter Nowak

The industry minister says the Conservatives are considering removing foreign ownership restrictions in the telecommunications industry.

Sep 8, 2008 — News Article

Digital issues deserve spot in election campaign by Michael Geist

Columnist says that digital issues that resonate with younger Canadians could help swing the balance of power in many ridings in the upcoming election.

Sep 5, 2008 — News Article

The arts funding cloud by Rick Salutin

Columnist speculates Prime Minister Harper is calling an election now because of the controversy caused by arts funding cuts and charges about film censorship.

Sep 4, 2008 — News Article

Extra! Extra! The arts don't matter! by Russell Smith

Columnist is skeptical Canadian culture will be an issue in the presumed fall federal election.

Sep 3, 2008 — News Article

Premier 'pressures' Harper on arts funding by Elissa Barnard

Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald slammed the federal government for planned funding cuts totalling $45 million that he says will damage the province's cultural industry.

Sep 2, 2008 — Ad Campaign

Vote for Canadian Culture

Advertising campaign urging voters to send an advocate for Canadian culture to Ottawa.

Aug 30, 2008 — News Article

Ottawa slashes grants for new media by James Bradshaw

The Conservative government is axing a $14.5 million program — administered by Telefilm — which fosters the creation of internet content and its distribution.

Aug 28, 2008 — News Article

Attacks show election campaign already underway by David Akin and Andrew Mayeda

Liberal leader Stéphane Dion says his party's election platform will champion arts and culture funding.

Aug 27, 2008 — News Article

Artists, actors say Tory arts cuts equal censorship

Artists, singers, actors, writers and politicians speak out at a Montreal rally against $48.5 million in funding cuts announced by the Conservative government.

Aug 27, 2008 — News Article

Karen Kain appeals to Harper over cuts to arts funding

Karen Kain, artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada, has written to Prime Minister Stephen Harper with a plea not to stop showcasing Canadian artists abroad.

Aug 27, 2008 — News Article

PM defends Tory track record on arts by David Akin and Juliet O'Neill

A Conservative talking-points memo states one arts program was axed because its grant recipients included "a general radical," "a left-wing and anti-globalization think-tank" and a rock band that uses an expletive as part of its name.

Aug 27, 2008 — News Article

Arts programs feel pain of federal cuts by Elizabeth Thompson

The executive director of the Quebec Drama Federation says the majority of groups affected by funding cuts to culture are in Quebec.

Aug 27, 2008 — News Article

Harper defends cuts to federal arts programs by James Bradshaw

Prime Minister Harper says federal investment in culture for the 2007-08 fiscal year was $3.4-billion, up from $3.2-billion in 2006-07.

Aug 26, 2008 — News Article

Canadian Heritage provides list of $40 million in arts funding cuts

The list provided by Canadian Heritage does not include a separate Foreign Affairs program to assist the travels of artists abroad.

Aug 26, 2008 — News Article

Culture cuts leave Canada behind the pack in the race to store more information online by Michael Geist

Columnist says arts program cuts will leave Canadians without online access to their cultural and historical heritage and will do little to promote Canadian content to the rest of the world.

Aug 26, 2008 — News Article

Mired in mediocrity – and (apparently) loving it by John Doyle

Columnist says the Conservative government cuts to culture stems from media coverage of Bill C-10, which sought to deny funding to TV productions and movies it considered distasteful or offensive.

Aug 26, 2008 — News Article

Conservatives are big fans of culture, arts by Jim Flaherty

Canada's Minister of Finance says the government cancelled arts programs that had either reached their objectives, had high administration costs, had poor performance, or did not give satisfactory results.

Aug 25, 2008 — News Article

Fair and Balanced Copyright for Canadians

The voice of Canadian library users and professionals has issued a Grassroots Advocacy Kit to mobilize supporters on concerns about proposed copyright legislation.

Aug 25, 2008 — News Article

Why are the Tories going out of their way to annoy voters? by l. Ian Macdonald

Columnist says Conservative government cuts to culture could be a tactic to shore up their right-wing base going into a fall election.

Aug 25, 2008 — News Article

Arts cuts confront PM's wife in Cow Head by James Bradshaw and Oliver Moore

An encounter with Laureen Harper gave a small Newfoundland & Labrador based theatre company the chance to lobby against Ottawa's recent cuts to arts funding.

Aug 23, 2008 — News Article

A False Choice

Editorial says adequate government financial support for both the arts and sports should be non-negotiable, and setting up a false choice between the two makes little sense.

Aug 22, 2008 — News Article

Ottawa to shift arts funds to Olympic programs by James Bradshaw

Columnist says that $40-million in cuts to cultural programs will be redirected to athletics and a bilingualism plan.

Aug 22, 2008 — News Article

Group asks feds to block porn channel by Glen McGregor

A faith-based conservative family group wants the Harper government to intervene to block a broadcasting licence issued to a new Canadian porn channel.

Aug 20, 2008 — News Article

Tories slashing $44.8-million in arts spending by James Bradshaw

The Conservatives say they are committed to cutting $44.8-million in spending on arts and culture by April of 2010; call the PromArt program "a boondoggle."

Aug 19, 2008 — News Article

Your PVR might make you an outlaw Michael Geist

Columnist says that proposed copyright legislation would forbid Canadians from recording television programs for archival purposes.

Aug 18, 2008 — News Article

U.S. DTV converter box coupon program "on track"

According to the U.S. government, nearly 6.4 million "over-the-air" TV households in that country have requested about 12 million coupons from the TV converter box coupon program.

Aug 18, 2008 — News Article

Culture hung out to dry

Editorial says Canada's filmmakers, musicians, writers and visual artists have ample reason to be worried about their future.

Aug 16, 2008 — News Article

Conservatives spend more than Liberals did on cultural programs by David Akin and Juliet O'Neill

The Conservatives say spending on cultural programs - including the CBC - is up 19.7 per cent from when the Liberals were in power.

Aug 16, 2008 — News Article

Tories cut five more arts programs by Richard Brennan

Cultural organizations say funding cancellations will have 'devastating effect' on Canadian musicians, composers, artists and filmmakers.

Aug 15, 2008 — News Article

When art gets up a Tory snoot By Heather Mallick

Columnist says the "pettiness" of the Conservative government in cutting off money for artists is shameful.

Aug 15, 2008 — News Article

Heritage delegation's Beijing trip expected to cost $324,000 by Daniel LeBlanc

The Department of Heritage is expecting to spend $324,000 for the Canadian delegation attending the Beijing Olympics.

Aug 14, 2008 — News Article

Tories may slash $50 million in arts funding by Adam McDowell

Conservatives stay silent as details about large cuts to cultural funding emerge.

Aug 14, 2008 — News Article

Tories to axe five more arts and culture programs by James Bradshaw

Eschewing formal announcements, the Conservative government have posted funding cancellation notices on the web pages of cultural programs.

Aug 14, 2008 — News Article

Prom-Art Progrsm Cancelled

Action alert asking Canada's writers to contact their MP and express concern with the government's cancellation of the Prom-Art program.

Aug 14, 2008 — News Article

The politics of culture

Editorial says that by cutting off funding to artists and cultural institutions, the Conservatives are only showcasing their own philistinism.

Aug 13, 2008 — News Article

Feds slash $18 million in cultural funding - CTF at risk

The federal government has not yet indicated whether it will continue to contribute to the Canadian Television Fund and the Canada New Media Fund which technically wind-down at the end of March 2009.

Aug 13, 2008 — News Article

Business faces challenges under copyright legislation by Sarah Schmidt

Bell is promoting a new product for archiving recorded television shows that will become illegal if the government's proposed copyright legislation becomes law.

Aug 13, 2008 — News Article

Tory party frowned on plan to attend hearing, MPs told by Richard Brennan

Canadian Heritage Minister Josée Verner was among several Conservative party officials that refused to appear before the House of Commons ethics committee.

Aug 12, 2008 — News Article

'Left-wing' writer denies applying for travel grant by James Bradshaw and Campbell Clark

Author and journalist Gwynne Dyer, who became an example of wasteful federal spending when the Tories axed a program to send arts and culture abroad, says he traveled at the government's request and never applied for the grant he got.

Aug 11, 2008 — News Article

Conservatives make more ideological cuts to culture funding

Opposition Heritage Critic says the Conservative government's cuts to cultural programs hurts both the arts community and Canada's identity overseas.

Aug 11, 2008 — News Article

Georgia switches off Russian TV by Vladimir Kozlov

Georgian government officials say the broadcast of all Russian TV channels in its territory was stopped as a response to an "information war" waged against their country.

Aug 11, 2008 — News Article

Chopping culture grants penalizes recipients for faults of the program by Duncan McKie

The President and CEO of the Canadian Independent Record Production Association says the cuts to two programs that support cultural exports could not come at a worse time.

Aug 11, 2008 — News Article

Without the arts, our image grows dim abroad by Simon Houpt

Columnist says that if Canada want's to have influence in the rest of the world, sending artists and writers abroad is an integral and cost-effective part of marketing 'Brand Canada'.

Aug 11, 2008 — News Article

Grant cancellation wrong and dishonest by Peter Hum

Columnist says artists such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Cirque Eloize and authors David Adams Richards and Susan Swan have been "injured and insulted" by the federal government's decision to cancel a grant program.

Aug 9, 2008 — News Article

Tap runs dry for another arts program by Amy Husser

The Department of Canadian Heritage has announced it will no longer provide financing to Trade Routes -- a program that helps organizations in the arts and cultural sector prepare to export and sell their goods and services in international markets.

Aug 8, 2008 — News Article

Tories kill arts grants for foreign travel by David Akin

The federal government is set to cancel a program that sent artists abroad to promote Canadian culture because money "went to groups that would raise the eyebrows of any typical Canadian".

Aug 5, 2008 — News Article

Canadian Heritage: Appointment to Telefilm Canada

The Minister of Canadian Heritage has appointed communications professional Marlie Oden as a member of the board of Telefilm Canada.

Aug 4, 2008 — News Article

Saving Red Lion by Charles Benton

Columnist says U.S. television networks are challenging a 1969 court decision that strikes the correct balance of rights between broadcasters and citizens.

Jul 30, 2008 — News Article

OPEC 2.0 by Tim Wu

Columbia Law School professor says the information age is fueled by bandwidth and governments must be careful not to repeat the history of the oil industry by creating a 'bandwidth cartel'.

Jul 18, 2008 — News Article

Europe - L'Union autorise les aides publiques à France Télévisions

EU approves French government plan to invest E150 million in France Télévisions during transition to advertising-free model.

Jul 15, 2008 — News Article

YouTube to keep user details away from Viacom

Viacom has backed off its demands to gain access to the viewing habits and personal data of YouTube users.

Jul 7, 2008 — News Article

Government response to the sixth report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

The government has responded to the Heritage Committee's study of CBC's mandate, rejecting the recommendation for a multi-year contract with Canadians.

Jul 4, 2008 — News Article

Minister slams Russian TV standards by Vladimir Kozlov

Russia's new culture minister says the country's TV channels "are not in line with the state's cultural policy" and that "television is littered with material of poor quality and morals, which only does harm and no good."

Jun 27, 2008 — News Article

Romanian legislators call for happy news on TV

Romania's Senate has ordered TV and radio stations to air more "happy" news, arguing that too much gloom is making people ill.

Jun 26, 2008 — News Article

'Diversity' is behind Radio 2 changes? What a bunch of twaddle by Russell Smith

Columnist is critical of recent House of Commons hearings on proposed changes to CBC Radio Two.

Jun 26, 2008 — News Article

Canadian politicians OK'd for radio gigs by Etan Vlessing

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has ruled that radio hosts elected to political office can use the airwaves to promote their own political agendas.

Jun 19, 2008 — News Article

Watchdog says Net regulation must be addressed by Simon Avery

The head of Canada's Competition Bureau says that as converging communications change consumer expectations and behaviour, policy makers will need to address the question of regulating the Internet.

Jun 19, 2008 — News Article

Submitted Petitions to the House of Commons

Excerpts from House of Commons transcripts on Arts and Culture and the CBC Radio Orchestra.

Jun 18, 2008 — News Article

Liberals propose amendments to Bill C-10 by Etan Vlessing

Liberal senators have unveiled amendments to the controversial tax bill that could allow Bill C-10 to be sent back to the House of Commons for reconsideration.

Jun 18, 2008 — News Article

Senate to send film tax bill back to House

Liberal senators say they will amend the controversial film-financing sections of the government's omnibus tax bill, despite the fact that the House of Commons passed the legislation as a confidence measure.

Jun 13, 2008 — News Article

Fine print makes for disturbing reading; Copyright bill by Michael Geist

Columnist says the government has cast aside the concerns of business, education, and consumer groups by introducing a copyright bill that seeks to dramatically tilt Canadian law toward greater enforcement and restrictions on the use of digital content.

Jun 12, 2008 — News Article

Canadian films will live on by Hon Josee Verner

Minister of Canadian Heritage defends controversial tax bill.

Jun 12, 2008 — News Article

Government to unveil copyright bill by David George-Cosh

New bill said to include contentious provisions including making it illegal to copy music from protected CDs to iPods.

Jun 6, 2008 — News Article

Film bill a job-killer, mayors say by Joanna Smith

The mayors of the biggest cities in Canada tell a Senate committee that removing the certainty of tax credits for the film and television industry would devastate a vital part of their economies.

Jun 5, 2008 — News Article

Consumer groups voice concern over potential digital copyright bill

A coalition of consumer groups has waded into the copyright reform debate, calling on the federal government to avoid introducing legislation that will limit consumer rights.

Jun 4, 2008 — News Article

Government buffing Prentice's Wikipedia entry

University of Ottawa internet law professor says the government has been editing Minister of Industry Jim Prentice's Wikipedia entry, removing mentions of the recent copyright-reform controversy.

May 31, 2008 — News Article

Censorship debate boosts film's profile by Jay Stone

Event organizers say no Conservative MPs attended the screening of a controversial Canadian film.

May 29, 2008 — News Article

Denying tax credits for films could kill industry, Gross says by Gloria Galloway

Actor Paul Gross tells the Senate banking committee that Bill C-10, which proposes to deny tax credits to productions deemed "contrary to public policy," could spell the end of his industry.

May 28, 2008 — News Article

Net neutrality bill hits House of Commons

The NDP has introduced legislation to the House of Commons that seeks to keep the internet democratic, open and free from control by service providers.

May 27, 2008 — News Article

Net Neutrality: Consumer Groups Call for Action

A coalition of consumer organizations is urging all four federal political parties in Canada's parliament to take a position in favour of net neutrality.

May 20, 2008 — News Article

Verner invokes obscure parliamentary privilege by Elizabeth Thompson

Heritage Minister Josée Verner is invoking an 18th-century British parliamentary privilege in a bid to avoid testifying in a lawsuit involving her husband.

May 19, 2008 — News Article

Democracy and the Web

Editorial says the U.S. Congress should pass so-called "net neutrality" legislation.

May 16, 2008 — News Article

Obama Stands Up to Bush, the FCC, and Big Media by Matt Stoller

Senator Barack Obama is urging the U.S. Congress to pass a resolution invalidating a decision to allow TV stations, radio stations and newspapers to be co-owned in the top 20 markets.

May 16, 2008 — News Article

Canadian Heritage: Appointment to Board of Telefilm Canada

The Minister of Canadian Heritage has appointed G. Grant Machum, a Halifax lawyer, to the Board of Telefilm Canada.

May 11, 2008 — News Article

Dangerous censorship hidden in act by Tommy Banks

Alberta Senator says amendments in Bill C-10 that allow the Heritage Minister to deny TV and film tax credits will harm Canada's cultural industries.

May 9, 2008 — News Article

Heritage committee to hold hearings into CBC Radio 2 changes

The House of Commons standing committee on Canadian heritage will be holding hearings on proposed changes to CBC Radio 2.

May 9, 2008 — News Article

Heritage Canada to pay for satellite dishes in 92 aboriginal communities by Barbara Shecter

The Department of Canadian Heritage says it will pay for Bell ExpressVu service for residents of as many as 92 native communities so they can receive the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

May 6, 2008 — News Article

Broadcasters to take fee fight to top court; 'Illegal Tax' by Barbara Shecter

Canadian broadcasters say licence fees of more than $100-million a year "are over and above payments made to the CRTC to defray the cost of the regulation and supervision of the industry".

May 5, 2008 — News Article

Court deals broadcasters costly ruling by Grant Robertson

A federal court has ruled that Ottawa has the right to charge television and radio broadcasters, along with cable and satellite distributors, fees for their licences that exceed the basic cost of regulating the industry.

May 4, 2008 — News Article

Filmmaker's Statement on Bill C-10 by Carl Laudan

Canadian Filmmaker warns of a possible funding crisis for domestic film production if controversial tax-credit legislation passes.

May 3, 2008 — News Article

Why Tories are blowing off the G-G's arts party by Jane Taber

Article says Conservatives used a litany of excuses not to attend the Governor-General's Performing Arts Awards Gala.

May 2, 2008 — News Article

Conservatives, NDP outpacing Dion Liberals in fundraising by Jane Taber

A Conservative party official says a fundraising campaign in which the CBC was criticized drove a significant number of donations into party coffers.

May 2, 2008 — News Article

Bloc wants Quebec CRTC by Elizabeth Thompson

A Bloc private member's bill says foreign television stations should be permitted on Quebec airwaves to the extent they don't jeopardize the predominance of Quebec culture and the French language.

May 1, 2008 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada calls for action on blueprint for public broadcasting

Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada says the government should implement the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage's report on the future of the public broadcaster.

May 1, 2008 — News Article

Tories threaten to force election on C-10 by Bill Curry

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has declared film tax-credit legislation a matter of confidence in the Conservative government.

Apr 30, 2008 — News Article

CRTC 'better way' to get change: Rogers by David George-Cosh And Barbara Shecter

Ted Rogers says there is a "better way" to get relaxed rules for cable companies than cable baron Jim Shaw's approach of writing a letter to the Prime Minister denouncing the CRTC.

Apr 29, 2008 — News Article

Letter from Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, to Jim Shaw, CEO of Shaw Communications

The text of a letter sent to Shaw Communications in response to an earlier Jim Shaw letter concerning the CRTC broadcast distribution hearings and the Canadian Television Fund.

Apr 28, 2008 — News Article

Liberals called on to support net neutrality

The National Union of Public and General Employees is urging the Liberals to support its call for laws that will keep the internet free from interference by service providers.

Apr 25, 2008 — News Article

Airwaves must remain a federal concern

Editorial says Quebec politicians should not peruse proposals to gain more control or a veto over telecommunications policy decisions.

Apr 24, 2008 — News Article

TQS news cuts set stage for fight in Ottawa by Patricia Bailey

FRIENDS says plans to shut down TQS news outlets across Quebec likely won't happen because it goes against CRTC rules and could hamper Prime Minister Stephen Harper's chances of winning seats in Quebec.

Apr 24, 2008 — News Article

Senate Panel Rejects FCC Ownership Rule by John Dunbar

A U.S. Senate committee has voted to nullify recently approved legislation that allows media companies to own a newspaper and a television station in the same market.

Apr 24, 2008 — News Article

Networks, cable giants take fee feud to the top by Grant Robertson

Columnist says a fight between Canada's cable industry and two national television networks is now being waged in the Prime Minister's office.

Apr 22, 2008 — News Article

Ottawa takes exception to director's attack on Bill C-10 by Yvonne Zacharias

Josée Verner, federal Minister of Canadian Heritage, calls comments made by Brokeback Mountain director "completely erroneous".

Apr 21, 2008 — News Article

An art censored? We think not

Editorial says it's not censorship when a politician looks at what somebody is doing on a government grant and asks, "Why is the taxpayer paying for this dreck?"

Apr 17, 2008 — News Article

Bloc prepares bill allowing Quebec to sidestep CRTC by Elizabeth Thompson

Bloc proposal for Quebec-specific communications regulator that would sidestep CRTC said to develop out of 2006 Conservative government motion to recognize the Québécois as a nation.

Apr 16, 2008 — News Article

Freedom of speech isn't always easy

Editorial says Bill C-10 at odds with principle of arts being at arm's length from political interests.

Apr 16, 2008 — News Article

No censorship at play by feds by Charles W. Moore

Author describes Sarah Polley as "lefty activist", argues Bill C-10 will not result in censorship of film and television production.

Apr 16, 2008 — News Article

Bloc seeks separation from broadcast regulator by Elizabeth Thompson

Bloc Quebecois readies legislative proposals to set up Quebec provincial communications regulator, opt out of national regulation by the CRTC.

Apr 15, 2008 — News Article

Don't keep us in suspense by Wendy Crewson

Canadian actor argues proposed tax credit bill will place chill on creative community.

Apr 15, 2008 — News Article

Gaffe offers a way out

Chair of Senate committee studying controversial amendment to tax credit rules for film and television productions reveals Heritage Minister does not support the legislation.

Apr 15, 2008 — News Article

Bill will limit creative freedom

Editorial says no government can be trusted with administering a proposed "contrary to public policy" test for film and television production tax credit eligibility.

Apr 14, 2008 — News Article

The real reason why Corner Gas is ending by John Doyle

Columnist attributes end of hit Canadian production Corner Gas partly to threat of censorship implied by Bill C-10.

Apr 13, 2008 — News Article

Note to classical music fans: Get over yourselves by John Doyle

Columnist says Conservative government's plan to restrict tax-credit funding for "unacceptable" film and television content far more troubling than reduction in classical music on CBC Radio 2.

Apr 12, 2008 — News Article

Internal study shows big corporations scoop up most of federal film credit by Dean Beeby

FRIENDS says government report shows tax credits are essential to Canadian production, calls public investment in the arts one of the cheapest and best investments Canada can make.

Apr 11, 2008 — News Article

Statement regarding MP Attack on Sarah Polley

ACTRA responds to Conservative MP's negative characterization of actor/filmmaker Sarah Polley following her presentation before Senate Banking Committee concerning Bill C-10.

Apr 10, 2008 — News Article

Producers call for changes to C-10 by Norma Reveler

Creative community calls for restrictive definition of proposed "contrary to public policy" criterion that would be used to determine eligibility for film and television production tax credits.

Apr 8, 2008 — News Article

CRTC trusted, poll finds by Alex Strachan

Poll co-sponsored by FRIENDS finds two-thirds of Canadians trust the CRTC and expect the federal government to preserve Canadian identity and culture on television.

Apr 3, 2008 — News Article

Producers to help draft guidelines, minister says by Gloria Galloway

The Canadian Heritage Minister says she would allow members of the entertainment industry to draft guidelines to establish what would not qualify for film and television tax credits.

Apr 1, 2008 — News Article

Liberals shuffle roles of critics

Outspoken Montreal MP Denis Coderre has been shifted to the role of Liberal Party critic for Canadian Heritage.

Mar 31, 2008 — News Article

Bill C-327: another form of censorship by Ronald Cohen

The national chair of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council says a Bloc Québécois private member's bill is "dangerous on a censorship basis".

Mar 24, 2008 — News Article

China shuts down 25 websites by Min Lee

The Chinese broadcast regulator says it will shut down or punish dozens of video-sharing Web sites for carrying content deemed pornographic, violent or a threat to national security.

Mar 20, 2008 — News Article

The Government of Canada Supports Community Radio Stations

The Heritage Minister announces $539,471 to establish and manage community radio stations.

Mar 17, 2008 — News Article

Artistic expression versus the Christian right by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says that The Tories would rather that homegrown films no longer challenged, transgressed or helped define Canadian society, but were instead popular and pointless.

Mar 17, 2008 — News Article

Tories' true colors emerging Mark Dillon

Columnist says that a perceived hidden agenda against culture could hurt the Conservative party in the next federal election.

Mar 15, 2008 — News Article

Man the barricades! Film tax credits are taking fire! by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says the government has every right to decide how public money is spent on film and TV.

Mar 14, 2008 — News Article

Hidden perks in Bill C-10 by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says controversial Bill C-10 contains elements that film and TV executives have urged Ottawa to enact such as greater transparency and first-time assistance for script development.

Mar 14, 2008 — News Article

Feds' take mainstream definition to extreme by Peter Howell

Columnist says Canadian Heritage Minister Josee Verner hasn't sufficiently explained why the federal government needs to be involved in approving films for funding.

Mar 12, 2008 — News Article

A better lot for women, the arts by Josée Verner

Minister for Canadian Heritage takes exception to an article that implies a lack of engagement with the arts.

Mar 11, 2008 — News Article

Censoring Canada's filmmakers by stealth by Arnie Gelbart

CEO and executive producer of Gala-film says Bill C-10 puts at risk a $5-billion-a-year cultural industry that employs 127,000 Canadians.

Mar 8, 2008 — News Article

A Heritage minister on the hot seat by Jane Taber

She snubbed the Genies, her party stands accused of promoting censorship, but Josée Verner insists she is a friend of the arts.

Mar 8, 2008 — News Article

Here we go again: art, politics and censorship by Peter McKnight

Columnist says throughout history, governments, especially those of a totalitarian mindset, have shut down art they didn't like.

Mar 8, 2008 — News Article

Uproar over 'contrary to public policy' by Joseph Brean

Columnist notes that the Liberals moved to strip tax credits from film and video productions deemed "contrary to public policy" in 2003 with little fanfare.

Mar 7, 2008 — News Article

Mayor miller speaks out

Toronto city council has joined the Toronto Film Board to oppose the federal government bill that could deny tax credits to TV and movie productions deemed to have "offensive content."

Mar 7, 2008 — News Article

TV stations say rules on violence not needed by Rita Trichur

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council says a bill that would require the CRTC to craft and enforce rules on television violence is unnecessary because private broadcasters are already tackling the issue through self-regulation.

Mar 6, 2008 — News Article

Michael Geist describes 'The New Normal' during talk on E-publishing and the Law by by Roger Cullman

An expert on law and the internet discusses issues such as copyright, net neutrality, cultural funding, and the definition of a journalist.

Mar 6, 2008 — News Article

Digital copyright rules still in limbo by Guy Dixon

Columnist says the Conservatives, who were on the brink of introducing new copyright legislation in December, now might not do so in their minority government.

Mar 6, 2008 — News Article

Filmmakers yell 'Cut!' at Tory plan by John Bermingham

B.C.'s TV and movie makers say a proposed tax law allowing Ottawa to claw back tax credits from offensive productions could have a devastating impact on the province's $1.2-billion industry.

Mar 5, 2008 — News Article

Self-censorship, the great Canadian weakness by John Doyle

Columnist sees parallels between Jim Shaw's attack on the CTV and the Conservative bit to rescinded tax credits for TV and film productions deemed "offensive."

Mar 5, 2008 — News Article

Hollywood productions can dodge proposed tax rule by Gayle MacDonald

Under the proposed changes to federal tax legislation, Canadian films that receive public funding may be scrutinized by the government for their moral suitability, yet Hollywood films shot in Canada that have applied for tax credits will get a free pass.

Mar 5, 2008 — News Article

No tax guidelines, no worries, right? by Martin Knelman

Jim Abbott, parliamentary secretary to Heritage Minister Josee Verner, told Heritage Committee members guidelines for awarding tax credits for film and TV shows judged contrary to public policy don't exist yet, claiming they won't be drawn up until the legislation is passed.

Mar 5, 2008 — News Article

Senate Liberals vow to protect film industry from government bill by Joan Bryden

Senate Liberals are vowing to ensure that a controversial Conservative government bill doesn't wind up becoming a tool to censor Canadian films and television programs.

Mar 5, 2008 — News Article

Tories' income tax bill is offensive by Kerry Thompson

Filmmaker David Cronenberg says tax credit changes "is akin to a Communist Chinese panel of unknown people, who, behind closed doors, will make a second ruling after bodies like Telefilm Canada have already invested."

Mar 5, 2008 — News Article

Domestic TV orbits planet Hollywood by Grant Robertson

Columnist says Canada's commercial TV networks spent $107-million more on foreign programming than on Canadian programming last year, the widest gap between Hollywood productions and locally made content the industry has ever seen.

Mar 4, 2008 — News Article

Decency Rule Would Imperil Film And TV Funding, Say Producers by Martha Worboy

The Canadian Film and Television Production Association says an amendment to a federal tax credit program may devastate Canadian film and television production.

Mar 3, 2008 — News Article

Heritage Teased by Siri Agrell

Richard Stursberg, CBC executive vice-president of English services, pokes fun at a government proposal to deny tax credits to productions containing offensive content.

Mar 3, 2008 — News Article

The Hipsters are having fun? Time to amend legislation by John Doyle

Columnist suggests that a Conservative bid to amend tax legislation for Canadian TV and movies demonstrates a lack of tolerance.

Mar 3, 2008 — News Article

Bringing good taste to a cinema near you by Rick Mercer

Humorist defends a proposed tax credit change for Canadian movies as Prime Minister Harper.

Mar 3, 2008 — News Article

Tory tax manoeuvre may be scripting fatal uncertainty into Canadian cinema by Paul McEwan

A Canadian cinema professor says Telefilm Canada already makes assessments about what to support with tax-dollar grants, so a Conservative government proposal would add another bureaucratic layer of censorship.

Mar 2, 2008 — News Article

The new censorship

Editorial calls the broadening of the Conservative government's power to deny tax credits to films and TV shows it deems offensive "troubling".

Mar 2, 2008 — News Article

Film industry groups want Ottawa to explain potential tax credit restrictions

Groups representing Canada's film and television producers say the government needs to explain the motivation behind a plan to deny tax credits to productions deemed to have offensive content.

Mar 1, 2008 — News Article

A blinkered Tory values inspection

Editorial says a new film tax-credit law may appeal to core Conservative voters, but it will alienate potential voters who don't want the country led by "social dinosaurs".

Feb 29, 2008 — News Article

Evangelist takes credit for film crackdown by Bill Curry and Gayle MacDonald

The president of the Canada Family Action Coalition is claiming credit for the federal government's move to deny tax credits to TV and film productions that contain "offensive" content.

Feb 29, 2008 — News Article

Future of CBC splits committee along party lines by Chris Cobb

FRIENDS says Conservative party recommendations would be extremely damaging to the CBC, especially its English television network.

Feb 29, 2008 — News Article

CBC should receive stable, indexed funding for at least seven years: report by Sue Bailey

FRIENDS says Conservative members of the House of Commons heritage committee were probably ordered by the PMO to toe the party line of no new funds for the CBC.

Feb 29, 2008 — News Article

New financing for CBC sought by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS says a Conservative report calls for the CBC to do more but denies the public broadcaster the required resources.

Feb 28, 2008 — News Article

Tories plan to withhold funding for 'offensive' productions by Gayle MacDonald

Critics say new rules that would allow the Conservative government to pull financial aid for any film or TV show that it deems offensive could potentially violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Feb 28, 2008 — News Article

Guild urges government to give CBC recommendations a green light

The Canadian Media Guild urges the government to move quickly to implement the heritage committee's recommendations, particularly those that call for enhanced funding.

Feb 28, 2008 — News Article

Heritage report urges stable funding, long-term 'contract' for CBC

Conservatives reject a Heritage Committee proposal that CBC should broadcast only Canadian TV programming in primetime during the week.

Feb 28, 2008 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada: Defining Distinctiveness In The Changing Media Landscape

The federal Heritage Committee is recommending that the CBC's funding be increased from $33 per person each year to $40 and that CBC-TV be less dependent on advertising revenues.

Feb 28, 2008 — News Article

Commons committee divided on key CBC issues by Chris Cobb

FRIENDS says that the Conservatives' refusal to support funding for heritage committee recommendations is setting the CBC up to fail.

Feb 26, 2008 — News Article

This Government's incompetence has let down any hope of good faith for Official Languages and Heritage

The Opposition Critic for Canadian Heritage calls the lack attention to culture in the federal budget "a joke".

Feb 26, 2008 — News Article

Budget a missed opportunity, arts groups say

ACTRA says the federal budget was a missed opportunity to increase funding to the Canadian Television Fund and Telefilm.

Feb 26, 2008 — News Article

Culture: A meagre offering James Adams

Columnist says that the 2008-2009 federal budget will be a disappointment to Canada's artists, cultural organizations and art lovers.

Feb 21, 2008 — News Article

Patrone's main requisite is his Tory ties, critics say by Stephen Maher

FRIENDS says the appointment of a former Conservative candidate as a CRTC commissioner "doesn't pass the smell test".

Feb 20, 2008 — News Article

Government tells CRTC it will decide all policy matters in television fund dispute

FRIENDS says that it is unlikely the Conservative government would cut off the CBC in any decisions made regarding the Canadian Television Fund.

Feb 20, 2008 — News Article

U.S. switch to digital TV could surprise some local viewers by Steve Mertl

Canadians living near the border who get their television signals over the air from nearby American stations will lose service when the U.S. moves to digital transmission.

Feb 19, 2008 — News Article

Corporate giants form alliance for copyright compromise by Michael Geist

Columnist says a who's who of the telecom, Internet, retail, and broadcast communities have come together to call for fair and balanced copyright reform.

Feb 19, 2008 — News Article

CBC television review may lead to showdown by Chris Cobb

FRIENDS says a Conservative minority report on the Heritage committee review of the CBC would substantiate concerns that the government has a hidden agenda for public broadcasting.

Feb 17, 2008 — News Article

Get ready to say goodbye to rabbit ears by Murray Whyte

One year from today, over-the-air analogue broadcasts will cease to be in the United States as the nation switches to digital.

Feb 13, 2008 — News Article

Business coalition opposes harsh copyright reform

A group that includes Google, Yahoo, Rogers, Telus, the Canadian Alliance of Broadcasters and the Retail Council of Canada have banded together to push for less restrictive copyright reform.

Feb 9, 2008 — News Article

We Interrupt This Broadcast by Jerrold Nadler

A congressman says the FCC should proceed with caution when considering to approved wireless electronic devices that may disrupt new digital TV signals.

Feb 8, 2008 — News Article

Prime Minister Stephen Harper fails to take action on CRTC cable scandal

CRTC hearings on the Canadian Television Fund hear that Canadian consumers may be owed more than 1.2 billion dollars.

Jan 31, 2008 — News Article

CBC 'dumbed down,' broadcast act architect says by Marke Andrews

One of the architects of the federal Broadcasting Act says the legislation has been a success except for one glaring failure: the English-language television side of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Jan 28, 2008 — News Article

Arm's-length regulators: Fine, but how long is an arm? by Preston Manning

Former leader of the Reform Party says a clarification of the rules governing relations between federal politicians and quasi-judicial regulators - like the CRTC - is needed.

Jan 26, 2008 — News Article

Ottawa plans overhaul of periodical subsidies by James Adams

The department of Canadian Heritage has announced it plans to "redesign" the Publications Assistance Program and the Canada Magazine Fund that currently provide more than $76-million annually to an estimated 1,200 newspapers and magazines.

Jan 21, 2008 — News Article

Copyright reform a potential threat to privacy

In a public letter to Industry Minister Jim Prentice and Canadian Heritage Minister Josee Verner, Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart cautions against using forthcoming copyright legislation reforms to undermine privacy.

Jan 19, 2008 — News Article

Frith exiting Canada distrib group by Etan Vlessing

The president of the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors says he is stepping down and starting a consultancy to manage government relations for Hollywood studios in Canada.

Jan 19, 2008 — News Article

Media, government: The dance never ends by David Parkinson

Columnist looks at the constantly evolving relationship between Canada's broadcast media and the federal government.

Jan 19, 2008 — News Article

Portrait plan a national 'embarrassment' by Jake Rupert

The former director of the National Gallery of Canada says the private sector is no place for a 'public cultural asset' like the Portrait Gallery.

Jan 15, 2008 — News Article

Clashes likely to redefine Canadian identity by Roberto Rocha

Columnist says forthcoming government decisions on copyright reform and the regulation of online content may redefine Canadian identity.

Jan 15, 2008 — News Article

Coupon program to ease digital TV transition by Jordan Raubolt

In the U.S. each household can apply for up to two coupons worth $40 each to help defray the cost of switching from analog to digital television broadcasting.

Jan 11, 2008 — News Article

Cultural Policies in support of Canadian Cultural content by the Honourable Mauril Bélanger

An Open Letter from Hon. Mauril Bélanger, Official Opposition Critic for Canadian Heritage, Francophonie and Official Languages, to the Competition Policy Review Panel.

Jan 9, 2008 — News Article

Glitch Could Leave Some TV Blank in 2009 by John Dunbar

Owners of small U.S. television stations that reach rural populations or specialize in community affairs and minority programming worry the digital transition is going to leave their audiences watching a blank screen.

Jan 8, 2008 — News Article

France goes where Canada fears to tread by Barbara Shecter

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is proposing to ban advertising on public television, and tax private TV operators and Internet access to finance ad-free state television.

Jan 8, 2008 — News Article

Tories to CBC: Discipline meted out to reporter for colluding with Liberal Party must be public by Steve Janke

A blog about news and politics posts correspondence between Doug Finley, the National Campaign Director for the Conservative Party of Canada, and CBC's Ombudsman.

Jan 7, 2008 — News Article

Tech law issues to watch in 2008 by Michael Geist

Columnist cites CRTC intervention into new media and copyright reform as technology law issues to watch in 2008.

Jan 7, 2008 — News Article

Copyright quagmire by Ron Wilson

An executive with Best Buy Canada says that if the government makes the wrong choices in copyright law reforms the result will be higher prices, more litigation and less useful content and technology.

Jan 7, 2008 — News Article

Government is wrong-headed on copyright by Charles W. Moore

Writer says the Canadian Copyright Board is wrong in approving a new "levy" on the sale of iPods and other digital music players because they can be used to copy movies and music.

Jan 3, 2008 — News Article

Election fever infects the arts by Todd Babiak

Columnist says that arts and culture may be election issues when Albertans go to the polls later this year.