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  • Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly unveils cultural policy reboot

    September 28, 2017 Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly revealed details concerning Canada's revamped cultural policy. The reboot includes:
    • A federal boost to the Canada Media Fund as of 2018, countering the drop in money from the private sector; 
    • Spending $125 million on a creative export strategy, which includes launching an export fund to get Canadian creators recognized abroad and starting a Creative Industries Council; 
    • Updating funding programs like Canada Music Funding and the Canada Book Fund; and
    • Reforming the Copyright Board of Canada and reviewing the Copyright Act, with an emphasis on protecting the rights of creators.

    Joly said the Liberals will also launch a review to help update the Broadcasting Act and Telecommunications Act, which hasn't been done in about 30 years.
    Related News: 
    Critics assail Mélanie Joly over lack of specifics in Netflix announcement - The Globe & Mail (sub. req.)
    Canada’s cultural overhaul: Here’s what Canadian consumers should know - Global News
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  • Quebec minister says Ottawa 'abdicated' responsibility to protect French in Netflix deal

    September 28, 2017 A $500-million deal with Netflix unveiled by Canada's federal government is an abdication of Ottawa's responsibility to protect Quebec's identity and the French language, says Quebec Minister of Culture and Communications Luc Fortin. Fortin said the five-year deal with the digital media giant to fund Canadian productions left him both "angry" and "speechless" because it does not define the proportion of the $500 million that will go toward the creation of original French-language content. A number of Quebec filmmakers also expressed concern with the agreement and what it means for Quebec French cinema. Federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, however, said she is "profoundly convinced" that the deal will be good for francophone filmmakers in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada. She noted that the deal includes $25 million to develop francophone markets across the country. Fortin said Quebec's identity holds a precarious place in a digital universe dominated by English and called on Joly to negotiate a defined
  • Anglophones maintain returning to Quebec easier said than done

    September 29, 2017 Global News profiles three English-speaking Montrealers who left only to find out that moving back is easier said than done. While Quebecers continue to flee the province often over the lack of employment opportunities, there's hope for the future according to some. "There are signs that there are slight increases in the numbers of English speakers here in Quebec so there are some signs for optimism," coordinator of the Quebec English-Speaking Communities Research Network (QUESCREN) Lorraine O'Donnell said. Half a million English-speaking Quebecers have left the province in the last four decades.
  • Community groups eager to participate in Quebec's systemic racism commission

    September 29, 2017 Despite widespread criticism of Quebec's planned commission into systemic racism, some community groups are eager to participate and believe there is merit to hearing participants' stories. The Quebec LGBTQ Council is one of those groups. Executive director Marie-Pierre Boisvert said while she is trying to stay away from the political aspect of the commission, she has heard a number of white men talking about its merits. The commission has come under fire for restricting public access to some sessions. Meanwhile, opposition politicians and pundits alike have questioned how useful the commission would be, and whether it's necessary at all. The Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion says the response from community groups has been such that the budget for the consultations has nearly doubled, from $500,000 to $900,000. While 15 groups were initially involved, now 31 from across Quebec are signed up. The commission, originally set to begin in September, will
  • NDP leader Tom Mulcair confident in his legacy

    September 29, 2017 Tom Mulcair will leave the helm of the federal New Democratic Party confident that he helped secure a permanent base for the party in his home province of Quebec. Four candidates, Niki Ashton, Charlie Angus, Guy Caron and Jagmeet Singh, are on the ballot to replace him as leader. Speaking with CBC, Mulcair spoke fondly of being recruited to run in Quebec by former leader Jack Layton, and being given the task of helping to make the NDP a political player in a province that had only once elected a New Democrat to the House of Commons.
  • CAQ MNA suggesting public parliamentary committees could help improve government accountability

    September 29, 2017 Following the revelation that less than 2% of petitions submitted are actually put forward for review, an MNA for Coalition Avenir Québec suggested publicly televised parliamentary committees could help improve government accountability. [Translated from French]
  • Outgoing Governor General David Johnston says thanks to Canada

    September 28, 2017 David Johnston, Canada's third longest-serving Governor General said goodbye to the office he called home for more than seven years. He assumed the role as Canada's 28th Governor General in 2010 and reflected on his time as the Queen's representative in Canada. During his term, Johnston oversaw more than 600 events, attended 330 military events and has delivered more than 1,400 speeches. Former astronaut Julie Payette will assume the role on Oct. 2.
  • Ombudsman slams Quebec's healthcare reforms

    September 28, 2017 Quebec's ombudsman says the province's attempt to reform healthcare took its toll on the sick and the elderly. Marie Rinfret tabled her first report as ombudsman and said reforms were rushed and ill-thought out, and often caused delays in treatment. She said the most frequent cause of delays were bureaucratic reforms that were "cobbled together hastily." Her report indicates the number of people receiving home care dropped 1% last year, while the length of time spent with each patient dropped 7% over six years.
    Related News: 
    Quebec ombudsman slams healthcare reforms - Global News
  • Petition calls for Ogilvy's to reinstate bagpipes

    September 29, 2017

    Reaction to the Ogilvy department store's decision to silence the pipes - ending a 72-year tradition of a kilted bagpiper skirling through the store has been swift and angry. An online petition calling on the department store to "Keep Piper Tradition alive at Ogilvys in Montreal" collected more than 450 signatures, just one day after the last pipe sounded at Ogilvy.

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