Search Results for: Canadian Heritage

OTT, Radio & Television

ANALYSIS: Freedom of expression be damned, C-10 amendment amounts to censorship

By Len St-Aubin THINK ABOUT HOW MANY millions of audio and video clips get posted to social media every day. Now contemplate, for a moment, the human and other resources that would be needed to supervise, regulate and control it all. That is what the Liberal government has just proposed to do with an amendment to Bill C-10 that it pushed through Parliament’s Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage meeting Friday. That will be your tax dollars at work: wasteful, ineffective jobs for regulators, and freedom of expression be damned. With the deletion of one clause (4.1) in Bill C-10, the bill to… Continue Reading

OTT, Radio & Television

Bill C-10: Amendment removes social media exemption, but users and their content remain exempted

Clause by clause process inches along By Denis Carmel OTTAWA – At the outset of the clause by-clause revisions of Bill C-10 on April 19, Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage chair Liberal MP, Scott Simms set the tone: “Buckle up, folks. This is the fundamental core of parliamentary democracy at its best. It’s going to be an exciting time—so exciting that we’ll probably sell the story rights to Netflix.” Of course, we’re not sure the big streamer largely at the heart of some of these amendments wants to buy that option… The very first amendment to the Bill was introduced by the Green… Continue Reading

Cable & Telecom, OTT, Radio & Television

Budget lets Netflix dodge digital tax

By Christopher Guly OTTAWA – Monday’s federal budget, the first in two years, but the first ever delivered by a female Finance Minister in Chrystia Freeland, promises to deliver more money for rural broadband, but will find the government collecting less tax from foreign digital services as compared to their domestic counterparts. Jay Thomson, CEO of the Canadian Communication Systems Alliance, which represents more than 100 independent TV, phone and internet providers serving mainly rural communities, was “pleasantly surprised” that the budget allocated an additional $1 billion over six years toward the $1.75-billion (now $2.75 billion) Universal Broadband Fund (UBF) unveiled… Continue Reading

Radio & Television

COMMENTARY: C-10 completely ignores one of the system’s pillars – and this must be fixed

By Catherine Edwards IN THE LEAD UP TO the Broadcasting Act review, Canada’s five associations representing the community element (two TV, three radio) were dismayed the Creative Canada Policy Framework, the Shattered Mirror, and the Broadcast and Telecom Legislative Review reports barely mention community broadcasting, despite it being one of the three pillars of the system. This omission was significant. The community element is uniquely positioned to address the most pressing issues that face our broadcasting system: the lack of local programming outside major population centres the lack of programming made by and for minorities, especially Indigenous communities … Continue Reading

Radio & Television

ANALYSIS: Something big is missing with Bill C-10

By Doug Barrett WHEN BILL C-10 WAS TABLED last November, it didn’t take long to notice that the first section in the Broadcasting Policy for Canada (“the Canadian broadcasting system shall be effectively owned and controlled by Canadians”) had been deleted. Not modified or amended, but completely deleted. Since that time, the bill has been debated in Parliament and wended its way through the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage – which has now heard comments from lobby groups, sages, elders, and experts and will soon be considering its own amendments. Many of those appearing before the Committee (including independent broadcasters, producers, associations,… Continue Reading

Our industry and COVID-19

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