Not a penny more

So, I saw, a few days ago, in a report in the Globe and Mail, that “The print media need extra sources of federal funding, as well as a new deal with foreign internet companies, to survive the economic shock brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the publisher of The Globe and Mail has told […]

It’s cartoonish

““Truth be told, I don’t watch TV news. It’s cartoonish. I would no more sit and listen to Rosemary Barton than I’d watch the Polka Dot Door.”” So said retired CBC correspondent Neil Macdonald. He was quoted by Mark Bonokoski in an article in the Toronto Sun. I agree with him. Perhaps it’s an age […]

Trudeau & Guilbeault plan to give Trump a stick with which to beat Canada

So, I see that Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault has, once again, promised, despite denials in February, that he will introduce legislation that will aim to regulate the news media and define “trusted sources.” This worries Professor Michael Geist who holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa’s […]

Is Canada broken?

A bit more than ten years ago, John Ibbitson asked that question in the Globe and Mail. It appeared to him, then, that “Canada is a nation of strong provinces with a weak federal government, hobbled by minority Parliaments and uncertain of its own relevance.” Not much has changed, has it? He also said that […]

Is this a ‘Boston Tea Party moment?’

One commentator on social media dubbed this … … the moment when Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault said that the Trudeau regime plans to license news websites as a ‘Boston Tea Pary moment.’ She was referring to the protest, in December of 1773, when angry American colonists (many dressed as Native Americans to try and hide […]

The Laurentian Elites have it exactly back-asswards

Michael Geist, who is the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa’s faculty of law, writes, in an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, that, “a government-appointed panel tasked with reviewing Canada’s broadcast and telecommunications laws is likely to recommend new regulations for internet streaming companies such as Netflix, […]

If you’re interested in the CBC …

… the CRTC has opened a consultation on the CBC’s license renewal for English and French radio and English and French TV. You can comment at this webpage: Share your ideas: CBC/Radio-Canada programming. It’s simple and easy to do online: Pick a service ~ 201902800 English radio 201902825 English TV 201902792 French Radio 201902817 French […]

It’s time to end this rubbish

What rubbish, you might ask? This rubbish: I think it has been well established that Andrew Scheer is a deeply conservative Christian who, unlike Justin Trudeau, actually believes what his bible says. There are millions of people in Canada who are very much like Andrew Scheer: they are Buddhists, Christians, Daoists, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and […]

Is it time to get rid of the CBC? Should we?

OK, the source of this cringe-worthy video clip, Rebel Media, may be suspect to many ~ I do not follow them ~ but it does bring up a question: is this what we expect for the $1 Billion plus we pay for the CBC?. The complete interview, which I watched. looks, as someone else said, more […]

Professor Geist gets it

Professor Michael Geist holds the Canada Research Chair in internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law; he is a frequent commentator on the internet and the law. In an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail he says that the CRTC (the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission), the agency responsible […]