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Sep 24, 2018 — Niagara Falls Review

Rocker Bryan Adams calls for changes to Canada’s copyright laws to help artists by Terry Pedwell

"So if you write a script or you write a book or you write a song, and you assign your copyright to a company, you have to wait 25 years after you die to get it back," Adams told the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

Sep 21, 2018 — Business in Vancouver

A script for Canadian content survival

“Regulation of these [streaming] services is absolutely inevitable – it will happen,” said Reynolds Mastin, president and CEO of the Canadian Media Producers Association.

Sep 21, 2018 —

How the Media Helped Legitimize Extremism by Miranda Katz

A new report looks at the paradox of reporting on the “alt-right”: Doing so without amplifying that ideology is extremely difficult, if not downright impossible.

Sep 20, 2018 — Globe & Mail

Transat to give $500,000 to Le Devoir to boost paper’s international coverage

Montreal Le Devoir’s international news coverage is about to get a boost in the form of a $100,000 annual donation over five years from tour operator Transat A.T. Inc., which will cover travel and logistical costs for journalists to produce foreign correspondence.

Sep 20, 2018 — Toronto Star

Torstar to buy political news outlet iPolitics

Torstar says it has agreed to buy Ottawa-based digital news outlet iPolitics Inc. to help expand its political coverage for print and digital audiences.

Sep 19, 2018 — Huffington Post

Facebook Gives Canadians New Tool To Judge Fake News

A button on newsfeeds will help users evaluate the credibility of the articles they see.

Sep 18, 2018 — Foreign Policy

China Is Buying African Media’s Silence by Azad Essa

Journalist says that a column about Chinese oppression was canceled by a South African newspaper.

Sep 17, 2018 — Le Devoir

La Silicon Valley contre le Parlement du Canada - Daniel Bernhard

FRIENDS' Executive Director says that the domination of internet giants is not inevitable, but their power is an assault on our democracy against which we must take action.

Sep 17, 2018 — CBC News

'Real news, delivered by real kids': CBC launches Kids News

Digital-first program to deliver news to kids in a 'safe and age-appropriate manner'

Sep 15, 2018 — Salon

How algorithms reproduce social and racial inequality by Chauncey Devega

Dr. Safiya Noble explains how human bias creeps into the computer programs that govern and manage our lives.

Sep 15, 2018 — Convivium

Journalists Hurting Journalism by Peter Menzies

The former Publisher of the Calgary Herald says journalists need to stop telling the public what to think.

Sep 14, 2018 —

Compromising on Culture?: Why a Blanket Culture Exception in NAFTA is Unnecessary by Micheal Geist

Commentator says that "the fears associated with foreign ownership of broadcasters are largely overblown as the connection between Canadian broadcasting ownership and Canadian culture is tenuous at best."

Sep 14, 2018 — CBC News

Canada's NAFTA stance on culture is all about politics, not policy by Janyce McGregor

Columnist says that The Trudeau Liberals may be hoping their loud defence of Canadian culture can balance off another NAFTA dairy concession.

Sep 13, 2018 — Hollywood Reporter

How Disney's Netflix Rival Will Actually Work by Ken Ziffren

The Walt Disney Co. is the largest of the traditional Hollywood studios in the process of switching from a wholesale producer and distributor of content to a direct-to-consumer model.

Sep 12, 2018 — Realscreen

CBC to rebrand, relaunch TV app as Gem by Regan Reid

CBC is enhancing its push into the OTT space with the launch of a new brand and strategy for its CBC TV app: “Gem.”

Sep 11, 2018 — The New Yorker

Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy? by Evan Osnos

The most famous entrepreneur of his generation is facing a public reckoning with the power of Big Tech.

Sep 11, 2018 — TechRadar

The BBC could cut online services to fight Netflix and YouTube by Matt Hanson

The BBC is making changes to its online offering in a bid to stave off competition from streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube.

Sep 11, 2018 — The Washington Post

Report: Nearly 40 percent of Republicans have written off the media by Erik Wemple

A new Gallup/Knight Foundation Survey has probed why people have lost trust in news organizations and whether lost trust can be restored.

Sep 11, 2018 — MediaPost

Google Search Data, Personal Rights Questioned In Proposed Global Law by Laurie Sullivan

An EU court ruling says search engines must honor individual requests to remove personal information from searches.

Sep 10, 2018 — Toronto Star

It’s time to shore up Canadian media — before we get sucked into the U.S. morass by Heather Mallick

Columnist says "We are Canadian, we are different and we will fight off the Americanization of our nation."

Sep 7, 2018 — Globe & Mail

Why some fake news lasts forever by Yuval Noah Harari

Essay adapted from Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century.

Sep 7, 2018 — Fortune

‘It’d Be the Ruination of the Country.’ Trump Threatens to Tariff Canada’s Cars Over NAFTA by Glenn Fleishman

As Canadians stand firm on Canadian content regulations, Donald Trump threatens that tariffs imposed on Canada would be 'the Ruination of the Country.'

Sep 7, 2018 — Toronto Star

Canada must regulate and tax U.S. social media and tech giants by Daniel Bernhard

FRIENDS' Executive Director asks if Canadians are ceding our democratic authority to Silicon Valley corporations.

Sep 6, 2018 — Washington Post

Fake news is about to get so much more dangerous by Thomas Kent

The president and chief executive of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty says that if technology continues its current advance, we may soon face totally convincing videos showing events that never happened — created so effectively that even experts will have trouble proving they’re fakes.

Sep 6, 2018 — Calgary Herald

Culture pulled into NAFTA fight as debate heats up over Canadian content protection by Emily Jackson

The NAFTA spotlight has fallen on Canada’s protection of cultural industries at the same time Canada's cultural industries are dealing with massive disruption from the internet.

Sep 6, 2018 — The Brandon Sun

Feds hint at shoring up support for news industry by Dylan Robertson

The federal Liberals are hinting at support for Canada’s ailing news industry, but it’s unclear if they’ll deliver tax changes or funding for newspapers ahead of next fall’s election.

Sep 6, 2018 — Maclean's

Why CBC Comedy has grown stale—and that’s no laughing matter by Mark Hill

Columnist says that it’s time for CBC to stop coasting off of legacy work, and start recognizing and supporting emerging Canadian comedians.

Sep 6, 2018 — Financial Post

Postmedia threatens to lock out Ottawa Citizen and Sun staff if offer rejected

Postmedia has told Ottawa Citizen and Ottawa Sun staff that it will lock out union employees starting Monday if they reject or refuse to vote on its final contract offer Sunday.

Sep 6, 2018 — The New Yorker

The Anonymous New York Times Op-Ed and the Trumpian Corruption of Language and the Media by Masha Gessen

Masha Gessen says that by publishing the anonymous Op-Ed, the New York Times became complicit in its own corruption.

Sep 5, 2018 — News Article

Protecting Canadian culture a surprise sticking point at NAFTA talks by Tonda Maccharles

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’ll “walk away” from a deal if Canadian cultural protections are eroded in a new NAFTA.