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.

Will U.S. streaming companies play ball with the CRTC?

By Peter Menzies in The Globe and Mail

The fundamental weakness in Canada’s Online Streaming Act will be exposed for all to see on Nov. 20, when the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) comes face-to-face with American streaming companies.

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No clear path to reach deal with Google as link-blocking deadline looms, could be ‘catastrophic’ for news media industry, say observers

By Ian Campbell in The Hill Times

‘If Google walks away … that’s very bad news’ for Canadian media, and that may explain a recent shift in position from News Media Canada, says media expert Chris Dornan. But Matt Hatfield, director of campaigns for OpenMedia, says it’s possible a deal may be reached, however, given Google’s leverage because of the looming deadline, the deal may not be in the best interests of Canadians or the news industry.

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