Standing Up For Canadian Voices

As big tech aims to silence Canadian news media in retaliation for Bill C-18, FRIENDS is stepping in to fill the void. Check back on a regular basis, as we amplify Canadian voices and Canadian stories that need to be heard.

Nordstar to put Metroland newspaper group into bankruptcy, more than 70 weekly papers to go digital only

By Andrew Willis and Joe Castaldo in The Globe and Mail

Toronto Star publisher Nordstar Capital LP announced plans to put Metroland Media Group, its regional newspaper business, into bankruptcy protection on Friday, a move that eliminated605 jobs, or two-thirds of Metroland’s work force, and will convert more than 70 weekly papers into digital-only publications.

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Inside Canada’s fight with Facebook

By Kyle Duggan in Politico

OTTAWA, Ont. — Canada’s Liberal government picked a fight with two U.S. tech giants by passing legislation forcing Meta and Google to pay news publishers for content. But the battle hasn’t gone quite as expected.

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