A Different Point of View....: Newspapers don’t deserve support: money should go to independent news sites

News Media Canada – formerly the Canadian Association of Newspapers – has submitted a proposal to Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly for a whopping $350-million a year to prop up the journalism of the country’s struggling 105 dailies. The publishers are asking for: $175-million of our tax dollars per year to subsidize the first ...

Impolitical: Paul Godfrey’s big public push on newspaper ownership

Today, the Globe gets a copy of this: “Paul Godfrey memo to staff.” Long story short, Postmedia newspapers are having great difficulty financially. Precious advertising dollars are going to online competition and print media is feeling the effects. This is not a new development for print media, we’ve been hearing about it for years.. We ...

Art Threat: One Month Later – How the 2012 Federal Budget Impacts the Arts

With the release of the 2012 federal budget one month behind us you’ve likely captured the gist of the budget – cuts to the CBC and none to the Canada Council for the Arts. Here’s a full breakdown of how the cuts (and non cuts) affect arts and culture in Canada over the next three ...

Pample the Moose: Canada Day and the War of 1812

In a story in today’s Toronto Star and CBC from Canadian Press, the federal government has hired a consultant to inject a War of 1812 theme into the noonday and evening Canada Day shows on Parliament Hill. The article implies that this might represent a major shift in crafting politicized Canada Day celebrations, and that ...