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COMMENTARY: Is the Online News Act constitutional?

By Konrad von Finckenstein, former chair of the CRTC, and Philip Palmer, former general counsel at the Justice Department focused on communications law The Online News Act, Bill C-18, states as its purpose “to regulate digital news intermediaries” in order to bring fairness to the Canadian news marketplace. Digital news intermediaries are simply any online social media or search platform that carries links to or produces search results for news items. The language of the Act is couched neutrally, but the announced intent is to regulate digital news intermediaries such as  Meta (Facebook) and Alphabet (Google) so as to force them… Continue Reading