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Media Beat: July 24, 2017

Don’t trade away Canadian culture in NAFTA talks: ACTRA

ACTRA, the union representing over 23,000 English-language Canadian film and television performers, is calling on the Canadian government to protect Canadian culture and cultural industries in the upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“If we want to see Canadian stories on our screens, Canada’s government must maintain the power to set our own, uniquely Canadian, cultural policy,” said ACTRA National Executive Director Stephen Waddell. “Maintaining and enhancing a cultural exemption has been a priority for ACTRA since the Free Trade Agreement with the U.S. negotiated in the 1980s. As President Trump looks for changes to NAFTA, Canada has to be clear: Canadian culture is not up for negotiation.”

Last week, ACTRA submitted its recommendations to the Canadian government as it prepares for a renegotiation of NAFTA. The recommendations include maintaining or strengthening the existing cultural exemption and specifically avoiding adoption of the cultural provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). The full submission is available online.

The CRTC plans to issue the following decisions and regulatory policies in the coming week

Broadcasting Decisions:

Application by Corus Entertainment Inc. to reallocate the tangible benefits stemming from the change in the ownership and effective control of the English and French versions of Teletoon and Teletoon Retro, Cartoon Network, Historia and Séries+

Applications by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to amend the broadcasting licence for the English-language radio station CBVE‑FM Québec

Applications by various licensees to renew the broadcasting licences for various radio stations

Telecom Decision

KMTS – Implementation of intermodal wireless number portability for Rogers Communications Canada Inc.
File number: 8620-K1-201613092

Vice trims its global workforce

Vice will lay off ten positions in Canada as part of a worldwide two per cent staff reduction, Global News reports.

The company employs about 3,000 internationally.

Two months ago, employees at the Canadian division of Vice voted to unionize with the Canadian Media Guild, increasing salaries and vacation times for about 170 employees across operations. A source familiar with the matter said layoff notices would come in Canada after the company “works through the process” with CMG.

The company is currently in the last year of a $100 million, three-year deal with Rogers Media that included the launch of specialty channel Viceland in Canada.


— The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) has reached a tentative agreement for the renewal of their National Commercial Agreement (NCA) with advertisers. The current NCA expired June 30.

— The 8th Annual RAIN Internet Radio Awards are accepting submissions through until July 31.  Winners are to be announced at the Awards Ceremony at RAIN Summit Austin on Sept. 5 during the NAB/RAB Radio Show. There is no charge for submissions.  

—  HuffPost—the newly rebranded Huffington Post— said it is letting go of 39 staff following the merger of its parent AOL with Yahoo

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