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May 22, 2018 — Policy Brief

Remarks to the Senate Committee on Transport & Communications on closing the internet advertising loophole

In a meeting of the Senate of Canada's Standing Committee on Transport & Communications, FRIENDS discussed the crisis facing Canadian media and proposed a solution.


May 14, 2018 — News Article

Ottawa doit cesser de favoriser Google et Facebook by Daniel Bernhard

In this open letter, FRIENDS spokesperson, Daniel Bernhard, raises the alarm on the crisis affecting Canadian media: the crisis is real, it's there, and it's already striking. What will it take for the federal government to close the tax loophole that's sucking the lifeblood of local media?

May 11, 2018 — News Article

Charity no way to save La Presse nor Canadian journalism by Alan Freeman

Columnist suggests La Presse drop its search for a "sugar daddy", radically slim down and fight for reader loyalty.

Apr 30, 2018 — News Article

Canada should make sure Internet giants pay their fair share

The House of Commons committee on international trade recommends that the government level the playing field between Canadian businesses and foreign-based Internet giants.

Apr 29, 2018 — News Article

Who should hold the keys to our data? byNigel Shadbolt and Roger Hampson

The Observer’s Facebook revelations reignited debates about ownership of our details. But while we seek privacy in parts of our digital life, open data elsewhere could be a force for good.

Apr 27, 2018 — News Article

Why tax Canadian-based video, but not Netflix? by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says the idea that sales or value-added taxes should apply across the board, without exceptions, is standard economics.

Apr 24, 2018 — Blog Post

Parliamentarians discuss media crisis

Close the Loophole – The Deductibility of Foreign Internet Advertising was the topic of discussion by Parliamentarians at a special breakfast event on the Hill on April 24.

Senator Percy Mockler, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, NDP Parliamentary Leader Guy Caron, and CPAC President Catherine Cano

Apr 24, 2018 — News Article

Google Has a Facebook Problem by David Dayen

The tech giant has largely escaped scrutiny of late, but David Dayen says Google deserves a congressional grilling just as much as Mark Zuckerberg.

Apr 24, 2018 — Blog Post

Close the Loophole! The Deductibility of Foreign Internet Advertising

The thesis of this paper is that advertising purchased on foreign internet-delivered media that act as broadcast and newspaper services should not continue to be deemed a deductible expense under the Income Tax Act (ITA).

Apr 18, 2018 — News Article

The only thing bigger than Netflix is the daily news by John Doyle

In the first quarter of 2018, Netflix added almost two million U.S. subscribers and yet more in other territories, beating its own estimates.

Apr 17, 2018 — News Article

Netflix doing booming business in Canada, industry research reports suggest by Emily Jackson

Research says about 6.7 million Canadian households streamed Netflix in the past month; meanwhile, TV subscriptions continue to fall.

Apr 17, 2018 — News Article

Tech Firms Sign ‘Digital Geneva Accord’ Not to Aid Governments in Cyberwar by David E. Sanger

More than 30 high-tech companies, led by Microsoft and Facebook, have announced a set of principles that included a declaration that they would not help any government mount cyberattacks against “innocent civilians and enterprises from anywhere.”

Apr 16, 2018 — News Article

Fixing The Broken Web -- Before It's Too Late by Steven Rosenbaum

Tech insider: "We cannot have a society where when two people wish to communicate, the only way it can happen is if it’s financed by a third person who wishes to manipulate them.”

Apr 16, 2018 — News Article

Facebook Canada offers closed-door briefings to MPs ahead of meeting by Alex Boutilier

An email obtained by the Star from Facebook Canada’s public policy team invited members of the House of Commons’ Ethics committee to meet privately with the company before their public testimony.

Apr 12, 2018 — News Article

Top 4 Drivers Of Advertising Industry Over Next 5 Years by Dave Morgan

Contributor anticipates the key drivers of the advertising industry over the next five years.

Apr 10, 2018 — News Article

Why tech giants like Google want to make sure Canadians can keep stealing entertainment by Richard Owens

University of Toronto Law Professor says CBC, Bell and many other Canadian media companies are being robbed blind by online pirates, to the tune of $1 billion annually in foregone subscription revenues from streaming piracy alone. 

Apr 9, 2018 — News Article

CBC shut out: Jets games only available on Sportsnet by Dylan Robertson

Columnist takes issue with the public broadcaster not airing any Winnipeg Jets games during the playoffs, focusing instead on Toronto.

Apr 8, 2018 — News Article

The seven key elements of a digital policy to protect Canadians by Haroon Siddiqui

Columnist says Canada’s leaders need a comprehensive digital policy to police the digital Wild West.

Apr 7, 2018 — News Article

Why is Justin Trudeau bowing down before the U.S. internet giants? by Haroon Siddiqui

Columnist says individual Canadians, and our corporations, are suffering from Ottawa’s infatuation with Facebook, Google and Netflix.

Apr 3, 2018 — News Article

Canadians’ trust in Facebook in free fall: report by Susan Delacourt

Canadians’ trust in Facebook appears to be in free fall — and it’s a downward plummet that started even before the ongoing uproar over alleged abuse of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica and other data-mining firms.