Blog Posts

Oct 25, 2018 — Blog Post

November 1st: Montreal launch of our nationwide campaign to remake the CBC

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Oct 25, 2018 — Blog Post

November 1st: Launch of our nationwide campaign to remake the CBC

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Oct 6, 2018 — Blog Post

Five key points from USMCA

The Cultural exception, Netflix, Facebook, Google and the CBC. The new USMCA is a mixed bag that negatively impacts some of our priorities while leaving the door open for us to advance on other fronts. 

Aug 29, 2018 — Blog Post

Big News on our Close the Loophole! Campaign

NDP Leader, Jagmeet Singh with FRIENDS’ Executive Director, Daniel Bernhard at the Aug 28 announcement in Montreal.

On Aug 28, federal NDP Leader, Jagmeet Singh announced that his Party fully supports FRIENDS’ proposal to close the internet advertising tax loophole that has devastated Canadian journalism.

Aug 21, 2018 — Blog Post

Senate Report: The Tax Deductibility of Foreign Internet Advertising in Canada

The Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications recommends "that the Government of Canada study the tax deductibility of foreign Internet advertising and publish a report providing its position on the matter. The report should indicate if the government intends to take actions to extend section 19 of the Income Tax Act to Internet advertising; if it does, the government should indicate the best way to do so."

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Jul 13, 2018 — Blog Post

Big News on #SaveCBCArchive

Because of our vigorous defence of Canada's unique cultural identity, we have prevailed! The CBC Archive will be digitized, but so far as we can tell, originals will be preserved, at least for the time being.

Jul 3, 2018 — Blog Post

Political Donations by CBC Board Members

Three Directors have donated to the Conservatives, one Director has donated to the Liberals, one Director has donated to the Liberals, NDP and BQ, and eight Directors have not donated to a political party.

Jun 14, 2018 — Blog Post

FRIENDS responds to the CBC President regarding #SaveCBCArchive campaign

FRIENDS invites CBC President, Hubert T. Lacroix, to clarify the public broadcaster's plan for preserving Canada's unique heritage in the CBC Archive.  

Jun 11, 2018 — Blog Post

Presentation to the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada

FRIENDS was invited to present its 'Close the Loophole!' report to members of the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada.

May 4, 2018 — Blog Post

Petition: Save the CBC Archive!

At this very moment, hundreds of thousands of TV, film, and radio recordings are heading to the incinerator, along with countless records, negatives, and other precious artifacts of Canadian culture and history.

CBC's first copy of Neil Young's HarvestUp in smoke.Knowlton Nash, Barbara Frum, Wayne & Shuster, Peter Gzowski, Joni Mitchell, Tommy Hunter, and Glenn Gould? Up in smoke. The Beatles' final concert (it happened in Toronto)? The Queen's first visit to Canada? Up in smoke.  Read more...

May 3, 2018 — Blog Post

Green Party of Ontario position on TVO and TFO

In advance of the provincial election in Ontario, FRIENDS has asked the major parties for their official position on the province's educational public service broadcasters, TVO and TFO. This is the response from the Green Party of Ontario.

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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.

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 20, 2018 — Blog Post

Ontario Liberal Party position on TVO and TFO

In advance of the provincial election in Ontario, FRIENDS has asked the major parties for their official position on the province's educational public service broadcasters, TVO and TFO. This is the response from the Ontario Liberal Party.

The Ontario Liberal Party remains firmly committed to supporting the valuable and unique contributions of TVO and Group Média TFO. Our government has consistently demonstrated this commitment and invested to enable TVO and TFO to continue to support lifelong learning through their dynamic educational on air programming. In recent years, our increased investments have enabled both agencies respond to the needs of Ontario's students both inside and outside the classroom through new innovative online platforms and applications like mPower, Homework Help, Boukili and Idéllo that help to bring technology into everyday learning at school and at home.

Our government has also continued to invest in the continued success of the creative industries by offering a comprehensive suite of tax credits, budgeting nearly $485M to invest in the sector through cultural media tax credits in 2017-18. We recognize the essential ways that TVO and TFO support our publicly funded education system and broader society, and we look forward to continuing to build on the strong foundation we have established with both public broadcasters. In contrast, on March 28, Conservative leader Doug Ford joked that he would reduce the CBC's public funding if he could, as per the Toronto Star's coverage on that day.

Apr 11, 2018 — Blog Post

Ontario's NDP position on TVO and TFO

In advance of the provincial election in Ontario, FRIENDS has asked the major parties for their official position on the province's educational public service broadcasters, TVO and TFO. This is the response from Ontario's NDP.

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Apr 5, 2018 — Blog Post

Catherine Tait takes the reins at CBC

It’s time for CBC to assume its rightful place in the Canadian media solar system, not just to fill gaps but to lead by example, aim for bold creative excellence and raise the bar for all.

Apr 2, 2018 — Blog Post

Facebook's algorithm will kill democracy, and its got nothing to do with privacy

Canadians expect and deserve to live in a thriving, healthy democracy, and that democracy can't exist if companies like Facebook control the flow of civic information. 

Feb 28, 2018 — Blog Post

The Media Crisis Isn’t a Media Issue: It’s an Everything Issue

FRIENDS' Executive Director says if you’re concerned about important policies like gender equity, housing, food security, reconciliation or job creation, you should be concerned about the pending collapse of Canadian journalism. 

Feb 23, 2018 — Blog Post

FRIENDS urges Canada's Premiers to help "Close the Loophole"

FRIENDS has reached out to Canada's Premiers appealing for them to urge Ottawa to close the tax loophole that encourages Canadian advertisers to spend on foreign online platforms, 80% of which ($4.4 billion per year) travels down a tax-free express lane straight to Google and Facebook in the US.

Sep 28, 2017 — Blog Post

DigiCanCon Report Card

FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting has given Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s long-awaited Creative Canada Policy Framework an overall barely passing grade of C-.  The core challenge the policy failed to address is the crisis facing local media in Canada as a result of the exponential growth of internet advertising – which is siphoning revenue from Canadian media to foreign internet giants. 

Sep 12, 2017 — Blog Post

NDP leadership candidate Guy Caron briefed on FRIENDS priorities

FRIENDS Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, recent met NDP leadership candidate and MP Guy Caron to discuss solutions to the crisis faced by Canadian media outlets and journalism.

FRIENDS has asked all four of the NDP leadership candidates for a chance to brief them about the significant consequences of the failing Canadian media sector for damage to our democracy.

Jun 20, 2017 — Blog Post

Good news on CBC governance reform

Today the Trudeau government announced how it will keep its promise to ensure that future appointments to CBC’s Board – including its President and CEO – are made independently from partisan patronage as well as merit-based. Here is the Globe and Mail coverage.

May 29, 2017 — Blog Post

Seminar: The Rise of Interactive Media

On May 29, 2017, FRIENDS hosted a seminar on the challenges and opportunities of the rise of interactive media.  Presenters included: Robert McChesney from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Manfred Kops from Universität Köln, Gregory Taylor from the University of Calgary and Zoë Druick from Simon Fraser University.

May 25, 2017 — Blog Post

Response from the CRA to FRIENDS regarding the deductibility of digital advertising expenses

In response to FRIENDS’ January 20, 2017 submission asking the CRA’s views as to whether section 19.1 of the Income Tax Act applies to deny expenses incurred by taxpayers to advertise on foreign internet websites, the Agency responded on May 25, 2017 that an amendment to the law would be necessary in order to apply the rules in section 19.1 to advertising on foreign internet websites.

Mar 22, 2017 — Blog Post

Briefing Note on Budget 2017

Briefing note from FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, on the implications of the 2017 Federal Budget on media, cultural sovereignty and democratic participation.

Feb 22, 2017 — Blog Post

Meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau

FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, met Prime Minister Trudeau to thank him for re-investing in CBC and urge him to act on his promise to reform CBC’s governance so that it is merit-based and independent.

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

Jul 6, 2016 — Blog Post

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau regarding merit­‐based and independent appointments to CBC's Board

FRIENDS has commissioned a legal opinion from two experts in broadcasting and media law, Peter H. Miller and Brian MacLeod Rogers on options for how the Liberal government's commitment might be achieved.

Feb 27, 2016 — Blog Post

Tony Clement talks CBC

Tony Clement floats ditching the CBC grant at the Manning Centre conference in a session called "If I Run, Here’s How I’d Do It.”