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Feb 10, 2017 — News Article

Fuss over American Super Bowl ads ignores reality of Internet TV by Kate Taylor

Columnist says the CRTC’s 2015 exemption to this one aspect of “sim-sub” clearly isn’t fair to CTV, while the goal – to offer Canadian consumers the ability to see American ads during the game – is so minor and so irrelevant to the regulator’s mandate to nurture Canadian broadcasting, it’s almost laughable

Feb 2, 2017 — News Article

Treat media providers equally, but don't pass on costs, Canadians tell Joly by Terry Pedwell

While she vows there will be "no Netflix tax," the Heritage Minister is looking to other countries — particularly around Europe — in trying to determine how to ensure digital streaming and so-called "over-the-top" services contribute to Canada's cultural industries.

Feb 2, 2017 — Blog Post

iPolitics LIVE Event - Bleeding Red Ink: The Future of Canadian Media

FRIENDS sponsored an iPoliticsLIVE event in Ottawa on Feb 2 to discuss ways to ensure the survival of Canadian media, high quality journalism and local reflection.

The full 56 min event can be viewed here

Feb 1, 2017 — News Release

IpoliticsLIVE Event - Bleeding Red Ink: The Future of Canadian Media

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and J-Source are sponsoring an ipoliticsLIVE event to discuss ways to ensure the survival of Canadian media, high quality journalism and local reflection. 

Jan 30, 2017 — News Article

Lack of TV news coverage of Quebec City shooting a huge broadcast failure by John Doyle

Columnist says English-language Canadian TV was missing in action for hours after the Quebec shooting and that online reporting simply isn’t enough. 

Jan 29, 2017 — News Article

Google Starts YouTube Channel Dedicated To Canadian Film by Dominik Bosnjak

The launch of the channel marks the beginning of a new collaboration between Google Canada and the Canada Media Fund (CMF), the two organizations announced on Thursday

Jan 27, 2017 — News Article

Ottawa urged to use tax code to favour Canadian publishers, and create fund to preserve journalism by Sean Craig

A new report commissioned by the federal government is urging Ottawa to consider changing tax laws to favour Canadian news publishers in the digital advertising market and use the new revenue stream to establish an independent, publicly-subsidized journalism fund.

Jan 27, 2017 — Ad Campaign

Yes, we CAN save local media!

FRIENDS is promoting a ‘big idea’ to support Canadian media and the journalists, creators and entertainers they employ – and deliver huge tax savings to Ottawa at the same time.  It’s all about closing a gaping tax loophole in order to give our advertisers an incentive to spend their money in Canada.

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Jan 26, 2017 — News Article

Politicians guiding journalism? No, thanks by Paul Wells

Columnist says the collapse of advertising and the ability to search for things quickly has contributed to the demise of newspapers.

Jan 26, 2017 — News Article

Local news service, tax changes urged to help restore Canada's media

A major new report is calling for drastic changes to help shore up Canada's news industry as it faces a massive decline in revenues and a growing "fake news" problem.

Jan 26, 2017 — News Article

Media cuts are a threat to Canadian democracy, new report warns by Bruce Campion-Smith & Alex Ballingall

Canada’s news industry is on the precipice, battered by a digital revolution and plummeting ad sales, warns a new report that urges taxes for websites such as Facebook and Google, reforms to the CBC’s mandate and a new fund backed by taxpayer dollars as remedies to ease the crisis in journalism.

Jan 26, 2017 — Policy Brief

The Deductibility of Foreign Internet Advertising

The thesis of this paper by Peter Miller and David Keeble 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 Canadian Income TaxAct (ITA).

Jan 25, 2017 — News Article

Google fights proposed tax change to Canadian online advertising by Daniel LeBlanc

Google Canada is vigorously opposing a proposed tax change that would make it cheaper for Canadian companies to advertise on domestic websites at the expense of foreign platforms.

Jan 24, 2017 — News Article

Caution needed when levelling TV’s commercial playing field by Kirk LaPointe

Columnist says Canadian television has had to invest a reasonable percentage into Canadian programming and that many successes owe their financial footing to simsub.

Jan 23, 2017 — News Article

Trump versus the press: Canadian deja-vu by Jennifer Ditchburn

Columnist says an effective long-term strategy in media is to keep the quality of the journalism strong, with the public interest the driving force behind the work.

Jan 23, 2017 — News Article

Colmater une brèche fiscale pour aider les médias by Philippe Papineau

A new study commissioned by FRIENDS says a modern interpretation of the law would give $450 million back to the Canadian media.

Jan 23, 2017 — News Release

Simple move would support local media and raise government revenues

A 20th-century CRA opinion is the only barrier to infusing hundreds of millions of advertising dollars into hard-pressed Canadian media outlets and generating up to $1B annually in new federal revenues at the same time, according to a report released today by the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Jan 17, 2017 — News Article

Internal document raises possibility of taxing Netflix and other digital services

The Liberal government is reviewing whether to enforce a so-called Netflix tax on the digital services Canadians buy from foreign-based firms over the internet.

Jan 17, 2017 — News Article

Canada Moves Closer To Taxing Netflix And Other Streaming Services by Daniel Tencer

Columnist says the federal government is inching towards taxing Netflix and other streaming services, a move likely to be supported by Canada's media creators.

Jan 16, 2017 — News Article

A Nine-Step Plan to Fix the Vancouver Sun and Province by Darren Atwater

Columnist urges makes suggestions for the Vancouver Sun and Province, including focusing on local news.