June 8, 2020

How Google and Facebook will at last pay for news content

In little Australia (viewed from afar by little Canada), the Competition Commission is bravely bringing to heel the data giants Google and Facebook.

Australian news publishers may soon win relief from their one-si...

February 21, 2020

What to do about the Data Giants?

It’s hardly news that data giants Facebook and Google are destroying the viability of Canadian media while their platforms pump out fake news and misinformation. What if anything can Canada do about it?

Over in Europe, the authorities ar...

November 18, 2019

Now that the dust of Election 43 has settled, the NDP, Bloc Quebecois and Greens will be nipping at the government’s heels to implement progressive legislation. That must include saving journalism and Canadian culture.

They need saving. The quarterly corporate reports p...

October 16, 2019

Membership Update – What the Major Parties Say About Media Industry Issues

Elections often end up in a discussion about “what’s in your wallet?”

If you work in the media, this federal election doubles down on pocketbook issues. It’s more like “what about my job?”

Unifor i...

July 4, 2019

The Tangled Garden: A Canadian Cultural Manifesto for the Digital Age (Lorimer, 2019)

Richard Stursberg is predicting the imminent death of Canadian media and popular culture.

The former CEO of almost every major Canadian cultural institutions including the CBC is convin...

May 28, 2019

Last week Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez invited news publishers and journalist organizations to join an independent panel of experts mandated to flesh out definitions in the Budget Act pertaining to the $595 million rescue package for written media.

Then a media sto...

April 17, 2019

It didn’t take long for the Conservative Party of Canada to pounce on the newly announced federal aid to local news.

In a fundraising letter penned by Andrew Scheer’s hand-picked national campaign manager Hamish Marshall   -----at one time the news director of Ezra Leva...

March 22, 2019

Andrew Coyne is the smartest and most open-minded conservative journalist in Canada. I always look forward to reading his column in the Postmedia-owned National Post, or listening to him and Chantal Hebert on CBC’s “At Issue.”

The 2019 federal Budget follows through on...

December 31, 2018

If you were born in the last century, you remember the days when facts were the main course. Opinion was dessert.

Things are different now. News is laden with analysis. Analysis is full of opinion. Opinion means an evisceration of political enemies. In America, where th...