By Denis Carmel OTTAWA – Experts designated by each party visited the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on Monday to further discussing Bill C-10, the legislation which aims to modernize... Continue Reading
By Denis Carmel OTTAWA – During its May 10th meeting, the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage Committee all agreed to invite the Ministers of Canadian Heritage and Justice to its... Continue Reading
But we have a question about “unaffiliated users” By Greg O’Brien OTTAWA – On the day before Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault and senior members of the federal Department of Justice... Continue Reading
TORONTO — The fourth season of the award-winning series Employable Me, which features job seekers determined to show that having a physical disability or neurological condition shouldn’t make them unemployable,... Continue Reading
TORONTO — Music rights management organization SOCAN announced today 24 Canadian visionaries will be recognized at this year’s SOCAN Awards for the roles they played in helping to raise the... Continue Reading
Will hear from Lametti, Guilbeault, expert panel on amended bill By Christopher Guly OTTAWA – Following some back-and-forth from members of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage... Continue Reading
Siphoning hundreds of millions from them for Cancon will give streamers leverage over government and regulators
By Len St-Aubin
THE GOVERNMENT SAYS Bill C-10 is part of a plan to rein in web giants by making them pay their “fair share” when it comes to Canadian culture. That’s their story, and Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault is sticking to it.
But you have to wonder, at what cost? Extracting up to 30% of revenues generated in Canada from the likes of YouTube (Google), Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Disney, Spotify et al, and subjecting them to outdated, unnecessarily intrusive CRTC regulation, what’s the “quid-pro-quo”?
COMMUNITY MEDIA’S LOW-COST participatory model has the potential to address both the crisis in local news and information, and the proliferation of fake news. Yet this sector has been relegated to a sidebar in discussions to reform Canada’s broadcasting system.
When Paul Manly of the Green Party and others recently put forward an amendment to clarify that community media Is not-for-profit, it was rejected by the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.
The concern raised was that giving recognition to “not-for-profit” community broadcasting might somehow imperil giant for-profit cable and satellite corporations.
The 1991 Broadcast Act recognizes three distinct elements: private, public…