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All Parliament / Legislation Articles — 2012

Dec 13, 2012 — News Article

Supreme Court nixes 'fee for carriage' broadcast plan

Canada's highest court has struck down a fee for carriage system that could have seen cable companies required to pay TV stations for their signals, a cost that could have been passed on to consumers.

Dec 13, 2012 — News Article

Top court rejects CRTC plan to allow broadcasters to charge for signals by Randall Palmer

The Supreme Court of Canada says the CRTC does not have the authority to impose a value-for-signal plan under which television broadcasters would charge cable and satellite firms for their programming.

Dec 13, 2012 — News Article

Broadcasters say top court ruling leaves local stations on the ropes by Steve Ladurantaye

Private television broadcasters are warning that local stations can’t continue to exist on advertising revenues alone, after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled the stations shouldn’t be paid for their signals when they are rebroadcast by cable and satellite companies.

Dec 13, 2012 — News Article

Top court sides with cable, satellite firms by Stephanie Levitz And Luann Lasalle

The CRTC does not have power to make cable providers pay broadcasters for carrying their TV signals, states a decision handed down by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Dec 11, 2012 — News Article

Telus takes on Mobilicity by Jamie Sturgeon

Telus Corp. is taking legal action against television ads aired by smaller wireless competitor Mobilicity, filing suit in a British Columbia court seeking an injunction.

Dec 10, 2012 — News Article

Telus and Mobilicity take ad battle to Vancouver court

Telus will ask the British Columbia Supreme Court to stop smaller wireless competitor Mobilicity from using ads that it considers misleading.

Dec 10, 2012 — News Article

Cellphone giant Telus sues Mobilicity

Telus accuses Mobilicity of spreading misinformation about 'no-contract' deals.

Nov 6, 2012 — News Article

Calgary-Centre By-Election: Accusations and high-profile visits by Dave Berta

Columnist says the by-election in Calgary-Centre is in full-swing with accusations and high-profile visits becoming a distinguishing characteristic of the campaign in advance of the November 26 vote.

Oct 29, 2012 — News Article

Harper undoing Bennet's 'conservative' legacy by Val Werier

Columnist says that in a bizarre twist of history, Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper is dismantling institutions, such as the CBC, initiated some 80 years ago by another Conservative prime minister, Richard Bedford Bennett.

Oct 27, 2012 — News Article

Telefilm Canada neglects female filmmakers by Shari Graydon

Columnist says opportunities and funding are currently much more available to male filmmakers.

Oct 13, 2012 — News Article

Canada's continued support for TV5MONDE

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces further support in the amount of approximately $6.3 million for 2013, for TV5MONDE, the world's leading francophone television network.

Sep 27, 2012 — News Article

MP missing committee meetings by Brenden Wedley

Columnist says Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro has largely slipped out of public view in Ottawa as Elections Canada investigates allegations that he broke campaign finance rules in the 2008 election and tried to cover up the violations.

Sep 13, 2012 — News Article

Why is the CBC afraid of Harper? by Rob Salerno

Columnist believes the arts community should be leaders in critical thought and speech when the government commits absurdities and that the CBC should be at the forefront.

Aug 4, 2012 — News Article

Donors to Del Mastro campaign not talking by Glen McGregor & Stephen Maher

An Elections Canada investigator is contacting contributors to Dean Del Mastro's 2008 election campaign to ask about alleged reimbursements paid by a company owned by the Conservative MP's cousin.

Jul 25, 2012 — News Article

Competing bidders for radio spot donated money to Tory MP by Bill Curry

Columnist says a Conservative MP who serves as parliamentary secretary to the Canadian Heritage Minister raised thousands of dollars in political contributions from people involved in a high-stakes campaign to win a new Toronto radio licence.

Jun 27, 2012 — News Article

Watching the Watchdog: Stats Don't Lie, Political News Falls Short by Tim Knight

Columnist says that according to a recent study, Canada's political and TV reporters do a poor job of telling the public what's actually going on in the political world.

Jun 27, 2012 — News Article

Occupiers and Legislators: A Snapshot of Political Media Coverage

Study contrasts the coverage of two major political stories from fall 2011: the federal government’s legislative agenda and the Occupy movement.

Jun 18, 2012 — News Article

NDP may not back motion to study Dean Del Mastro spending

The NDP won't say whether it will back a Liberal MP's motion to have the House ethics committee study Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro's 2008 election spending.

Apr 19, 2012 — Ad Campaign

Canadians expect the government to build the CBC, not tear it down

A full-page ad in the National Edition of the Globe and Mail asks why the CBC is being singled out for disproportionate, draconian damage.

Apr 14, 2012 — News Article

Canada cuts leave more room for U.S. by Brendan Kelly

FRIENDS fears that the cuts to CBC will lead to the network buying more American programming.

Apr 11, 2012 — News Article

Stephen Harper and James Moore hold the murder weapon in the killing of CBC Dispatches by Charlie Smith

Blogger says the Harper government prefers Canadians to be ignorant, and cutting CBC's funding is evidence of this.

Mar 30, 2012 — News Article

CBC budget cut could cost 700 jobs

FRIENDS expects the 10 percent cut to CBC's budget to have an impact on Victoria, which has CBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 outlets.

Mar 30, 2012 — News Article

Now what? Industry reacts to Ottawa slashing the CBC’s annual subsidy by Etan Vlessing

FRIENDS says the Harper government has singled out the CBC for punitive cuts and has broken its election pledge to maintain or increase CBC funding in the process.

Mar 30, 2012 — News Article

Budget: CBC takes a 10 per cent cut by Jordan Press

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's annual funding from the federal government will be cut by $115 million over the next three years, a blow that could lead to job losses or programming cuts at Canada's public broadcaster.

Mar 30, 2012 — News Article

CBC sees government funding slashed by $115-million by Carys Mills, James Adams & Kate Taylor

 CBC/Radio-Canada Hubert Lacroix says that while a 10-per-cent cut may amount to a little more than $100-million, the figure will swell with severance pay and other costs of cutbacks.

Mar 29, 2012 — News Article

CBC, NFB and Telefilm to see 10% cut by Brendan Kelly

Columnist says cuts to CBC, Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board of Canada could lead to a significant reduction in Canadian film and TV production, and will almost certainly lead to layoffs at the CBC.

Mar 29, 2012 — News Article

CBC Cuts: Budget 2012 Outlines Cuts To Federal Spending For Canada's National Broadcaster by Rachel Mendleson

FRIENDS says the implications of a $115 million cut in funding will lead to the death of CBC Radio 2, make CBC Radio less relevant to Canadians, and reduce the depth, quality, diversity and distinctiveness of CBC News.

Mar 29, 2012 — News Article

CBC supporters pan cuts to public broadcaster in federal budget

FRIENDS says the recent federal budget revealing $115 million in cuts to the CBC marks a dark day for public broadcasting in Canada.

Mar 29, 2012 — News Article

Suck it up, CBC. You should have seen this coming by John Doyle

Columnist says the CBC has failed to transcend mediocrity and forcefully explain what it does and how it fulfills its mandate.

Mar 29, 2012 — News Article

Statement by CBC/Radio-Canada regarding Federal Budget 2012

CBC/Radio-Canada has learned that its annual parliamentary appropriation will be reduced by $115 million over three years as part of the Deficit Reduction Action Plan (DRAP), as set out in Federal Budget
2012.

Mar 23, 2012 — News Article

Film Tax Credit Cut Raises Alarm Bells in Saskatchewan by Etan Vlessing

Columnist says local players show signs of panic after Saskatchewan says it will no longer accept applications for a refundable 45% film tax credit, based on labor costs, from April 1, including from Hollywood producers.

Mar 23, 2012 — News Article

CBC faces uncertain future as federal budget looms

FRIENDS says that if CBC has to make hard choices, it should move to be distinctive from what the private sector is already offering.

Mar 14, 2012 — News Article

Foreign ownership restrictions lifted for small players in wireless auction Provided by The by Steve Rennie

The Conservative government has placed limits on the coming wireless spectrum auction and has lifted foreign-investment limits on small telecom firms.

Mar 14, 2012 — News Article

Harper Government Takes Action to Support Canadian Families

Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, announced that The Telecommunications Act will be amended to lift foreign investment restrictions for telecom companies that hold less than a 10-percent share of the total Canadian telecommunications market.

Mar 10, 2012 — News Article

Coyne: Where did conservatism go? by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says that the governments lack of intention to reform crown corporations, such as the CBC, begs the question "Where has conservatism gone?".

Mar 6, 2012 — News Article

Cut $10-billion now by Niels Veldhuis and Charles Lammam

Economists say government spending needs to be prioritized so that important areas are spared deep cuts while lower priority areas carry a greater burden of the spending reductions.

Mar 5, 2012 — News Article

Robo-call scandal makes for terrible TV by John Doyle

Columnist says that across the TV news reports there is a failure to acknowledge that people are genuinely, profoundly disturbed by even the suggestion that an election was subverted.

Mar 3, 2012 — News Article

Robo-calls scandal shows how new technologies are ‘changing politics’ by Antonia Zerbisias

Ottawa blogger Alice Funke fears too much of this democratic form of journalism is risky pointing to problems such as oversimplification which she believes can impede charges of election fraud.

Feb 17, 2012 — News Article

Congress to Sell Public Airwaves to Pay Benefits by Edward Wyatt

The need for revenue to partly cover the extension of the payroll tax cut and long-term unemployment benefits has pushed Congress to embrace a generational shift in the country’s media landscape: the auction of public airwaves now used for television broadcasts to create more wireless Internet systems.

Feb 15, 2012 — News Article

CBC-Quebecor Spat: Internal Memo To Harper Defends Public Broadcaster

The Harper government is defending the CBC in the public broadcaster's nasty spat with Quebecor over advertising dollars, an internal memo shows.

Feb 15, 2012 — News Article

CBC a bargain for taxpayers by Gwen Chute

Columnist says that if the CBC is severely cut, it will lead ordinary Canadians to become what the Prime Minister calls "radicals" in protest.

Feb 12, 2012 — News Article

Statement by the Prime Minister on the 54th Annual Grammy Awards

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has issued a statement congratulating the Canadian recipients of the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.

Feb 8, 2012 — News Article

Audio: Theatre chill over staging controversial productions

James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, takes exception to a story on CBC Radio about a play that has the artistic community buzzing about a political chill.

Feb 2, 2012 — News Article

Time to tune out Minister Moore

Columnist calls for Stephen Harper to remove Heritage Minister James Moore from his portfolio over comments related to the appropriateness of the CBC's French affiliate showing foreign pornography on its website.

Jan 31, 2012 — News Article

CBC/Radio-Canada's Licence Renewal Process

Letter from the CBC to the CRTC asking that the public broadcaster's licence renewal process be postponed until after its budget is announced by the Harper government. 

Jan 31, 2012 — News Article

NDP wants to know PMO staffers' salaries by Glen McGregor

Columnist says the NDP is calling on Treasury Board president Tony Clement to bring the same sunlight to salaries in the Prime Minister's Office as the government shone on the highly paid staff at the CBC.

Jan 31, 2012 — News Article

730 CBC employees take home more than $100,000 a year

The CBC has more than 700 staff on the payroll making $100,000 annually, the public broadcaster revealed to a Conservative MP who had asked for salary details of top CBC executives and on-air staff.

Jan 31, 2012 — News Article

CBC under ideological attack by Dave Swanson

Columnist says if Conservatives cut CBC funding, Canadian identity will suffer.

Jan 31, 2012 — News Article

Tories petition to scrap CBC by Kris Sims

Columnist says four Conservative MPs have presented petitions in the House of Commons calling for the CBC to be defunded or sold to private industry.

Jan 31, 2012 — Blog Post

Conservative MPs seek to "de-fund" the CBC

Over the past months, at least six Conservative MPs have presented petitions to the House of Commons seeking to "de-fund" the CBC.

Jan 30, 2012 — News Article

Cuts: This time it's personal by Susan Delacourt

Columnist questions whether it is possible for the Conservative government to make cuts without first demonizing the target of them.

Jan 30, 2012 — News Article

The Biggest Risk to the Economy in 2012, and What’s the Economy For Anyway? by Robert Reich

Columnist says the crisis of capitalism marks the triumph of consumers and investors over workers and citizens and the increasing efficiency by which all of us as consumers can get great deals with our declining capacity as citizens.

Jan 19, 2012 — News Article

Don’t ease telecom foreign investment rules, NDP warns by Rita Trichur

The NDP says the federal government should not liberalize Canada’s foreign investment rules for the telecommunications sector, not even for smaller companies, because there is little proof that doing so would benefit consumers.

Jan 19, 2012 — News Article

NDP, Wind Mobile disagree on foreign ownership in the telecom industry by LuAnn LaSalle

The head of Wind Mobile says Canada should clarify its ownership rules for the wireless industry to attract more foreign investment, not discourage it, because the outside capital has brought consumers more competition and lower prices.