Music Canada has welcomed the newly named Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez (pictured), and recommends four steps that can be quickly implemented that would help creators and harmonize Canadian policy with international standards.
Veteran participants of Canada’s cultural industries are a resolute lot known for smiling knowingly whenever an incoming minister of culture steps into the spotlight promising change. Most are turfed, demoted or re-allocated before the promise is fullfilled.
The annual $24-million budget is expected to be topped up with fresh funds that will target the realities Canada's music industry in the digital age.
In today's column: Catherine Tait [pictured] named the head of our national pubcaster, Torstar punches back at Postmedia, Trudeau exhibits indifference to indie news media, Spotify's new market cap is scary, Irving is Sirius, and how Amazon is undermining Trump's fortune.
The Heritage Minister is warning American internet giants to brace for new legislation that will crack down on threats to Canadian culture.
Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has dished out $410M in cash over the past 24 months for a Wikipedia of culturally important stuff such as “intercultural understanding,” and a museum that has 600 canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft on display. Now some of Canada's loudest scribblers are pointing pencils at the gal with the deep purse and she has a quick fix: write another cheque.
The international movement to push back against the Google/Facebook duopoly stems from a belated realization that, in the border-blurring digital era, old culture laws too often inadvertently imperil domestic media and the stories they tell. The playing field is perversely tilted.
A column about media and the regulatory environment within and beyond Canada's borders.