January 29, 2019

CBC teams with CRTC to kneecap their competitors. Including The Rebel Media.

Rebel Staff

Michael Geist is a professor who has an interesting niche — copyright law, digital media, that sort of thing. I haven’t seen him weigh in on the political censorship aspects of digital media.

But on those other issues, I’d say he’s the closest thing to an independent thinker in Canada on the subject.

Here's his latest in the Globe & Mail:

New Cancon tax proposals would stick Canadian consumers with the bill.

Cancon is such a 1980s kind of word, like "VCR" or "VHS." Cancon refers to the rule that Canadian TV and radio stations were forced to broadcast a minimum quota of Canadian-made shows or songs. Even if nobody liked them, or nobody liked them as much as they liked, say, British songs or American song.

And they had really weird rules for determining if a song was Canadian enough. Bryan Adams is one of the most successful Canadian musicians of all time; he even received the Order of Canada. But because he spends time in California and London, England, they said he wasn’t Canadian enough to count as Cancon.

That whole debate seems so weird in the era of the Internet, streaming music and Netflix.

Well, those same control freaks want back in. Geist writes:

The battle over the future of Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications is quickly emerging as a hot-button policy issue, with a government-mandated review of the law recently garnering thousands of public responses. (...)

Among the ideas being proposed are new taxes on internet and wireless services, mandated Cancon requirements for Netflix and the prioritization of Canadian content in search results from online services to enhance its “discoverability.”

Oh — now we’re getting down to it. It’s about taxes. And the elites, promoting their friends and insiders.

Yeah — the 1980s called, and they want their cultural policy back.

Snobby insiders can’t convince you to watch their shows, so they want to force you watch their shows and pay for it.

If they don’t get protection from the government, we Canadians might watch U.S. content. 

But we already do that. The top shows on Canadian TV are American made: Young Sheldon. New Amsterdam. Big Bang Theory. Besides local news, the only Canadian shows on the list are Murdoch Mysteries and Hockey Night in Canada.

Michael Geist points out that there has never been more money spend on Canadian cultural products, totalling billions of dollars.

So what is going on? Well, you can always wring out more money through regulation

The CBC, if you can believe it, even after their massive raise from Justin Trudeau, is actually asking for another $400 million a year. Right now they get $1.5 billion.

The second thing is what I think truly what motivates these people — control.

In other words, rather than embracing the opportunities that come from unprecedented global demand for scripted television programming and competing for the attention of Canadian viewers, some prefer to place their bets on a digital wall consisting of new taxes and regulations. And Canadian consumers are going to pay for it.

And — don’t you forget it for one second — this will be about censoring, blocking and deplatforming any competition. Whether it’s music, comedy shows — or news and opinion, like ours.

NEXT: Breitbart's Allum Bokhari is back, to tell us about his latest exclusive investigation into Silicon Valley censorship:

YouTube announced Friday that it will intervene in recommended videos — the content that is recommended to viewers of a video on the right-hand sidebar. Previously a mix of content tailored to users’ viewing history, YouTube says it will now intervene to remove “content that could misinform users in harmful ways” from recommendations.

The change came just a day after BuzzFeed published a major article attacking the video hosting platform for recommending conservative and populist content to viewers. The videos identified by BuzzFeed as “hyperpartisan” include Dinesh D’Souza and Bill O’Reilly videos.

Watch our conversation to learn more about the establishment's latest attempt to censor conservative voices.

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commented 2019-01-30 12:50:52 -0500
- Much like socialism itself, just because Cancon is a proven failure is no reason we shouldn’t keep trying it. I’m not going to watch garbage just because they try to ban everything else. An internet tax will kill votes among their voter base – guaranteed.

- There will eventually be a move for full on censorship. Big tech has moved closer & closer to this & have not faced any significant backlash.
commented 2019-01-30 11:06:53 -0500
Let’s be honest. Anyone who is the least bit ‘internet savvy’ can find work arounds for the imposed limitations of the CRTC / CBC social terrorists. VPN’s which are available to anyone will allow the viewing of just about anything on the net. So the reality is that this whole issue is about garnering even more tax dollars for that bloated cow the CBC. Canadians already vote on the value of the CBC with their remote controls. So now Canadians are being black mailed to support an elitist service that they don’t want. How typically socialist Canadian.
commented 2019-01-30 10:08:47 -0500
If I want to listen to reprise after reprise of Squeel Junkie or Burton Shortcomings I’l l

download the MP3 file thank you very much.

The radio station CKVE is proof that if citizen’s are given the chance to VOLUNTARILY create their own content not only will they, but they will produce a product that is eclectic and quite enjoyable. A company that manufactures FM transmitters donated the equipment as a way of showcasing their wares. CBC does NOTHING that would leave a hole if they were shut down.
commented 2019-01-30 08:50:13 -0500
CanCon actually started in the 70s, not the 80s. I was in campus radio in those days, starting in 1975, and we had to conform to the CanCon rules even then. The rules at the time called for 30% CanCon for rock and 7% for jazz and classical music because there were so few Canadian jazz and classical artists. We played a LOT of Neil Young, Gord Lightfoot, Guess Who and Joni Mitchell in those days since there were very few other choices. At the time, the CRTC – or rather the Liberal government that had created it – argued that CanCon was essential to build a Canadian music industry and to keep our artists in Canada because our local music industry and artist base was so small. For good or ill, the CRTC had its way but I don’t have the inside knowledge necessary to tell you if our music industry would have been weaker or stronger without it. But there’s no doubt the industry is stronger today than it was in the 70s. So imagine my surprise to learn that the CRTC increased CanCon to 35% a couple of years ago! If the objective was to build a strong domestic music industry and it succeeded, any rational person would think CanCon quotas would have gradually fallen over the years and be negligible over the years!

I think this is all about money. I think the Canadian music industry dislikes the idea of competing with the outside world on a level playing field because it knows or suspects it isn’t really competitive without the crutch of CanCon helping sell their music for them. They’re like the university student (or grad) who wants to live at home because they’re not ready to stand on their own two feet.

It’s time our music industry sank or swam on its own merits. The idea of forcing radio and TV stations to air Canadian productions on a quota system is disgraceful and if I were someone in that industry, I’d be ashamed to show my head if I took advantage of those rules. Great artists appeal to people regardless of their nationality because they touch something universal in us all. Da Vinci, Shakespeare, Mozart, and thousands of other artists didn’t need the equivalent of CanCon quotas to be beloved across the world: they just had to be really good.
commented 2019-01-30 08:02:36 -0500
Marc Garneau?
commented 2019-01-30 07:43:22 -0500
CBC-Radio Toronto is the center of a far-left propaganda machine. CBC = CNN of the North.
commented 2019-01-30 04:59:38 -0500
The Liberals are getting their little ducks all in a row for the next election. First buy off the main stream media with $595 million tax dollars, keep pumping money into the CBC, start calling any bad press “fake news” and the channel presenting it as “fake news” or “far right wing”.

Discredit critics from the safety of the House of Commons and dismiss any negative critics as, well, liars or agenda driven anti-government agents or actors (sob, sob, sob).

Next, get the government’s so-called neutral CRTC involved and find ways to hobble or shut down anyone who speaks out against the government. Count on something to be put into play before the next election.

Don’t worry; Trudeau and company are carefully watching The Rebel Media vs The Government of Alberta.

This is how little dictatorships begin. That is why I call Trudeau “Baby Doc”, as in junior Duvalier (of Haiti).
commented 2019-01-30 03:02:00 -0500
Notice how trudeau is anything but a globalist when protecting the CBC.
commented 2019-01-30 02:41:11 -0500
Another point for the left wingers to ponder(if they are capable of that) , hat happens when a conservative government gets into power? Will you suddenly demand open internet? LMAO!
commented 2019-01-30 02:39:38 -0500
More proof the Liberals are dictators. The useful idiots are in for a shock when they realize that this is about more than censoring the Rebel.
commented 2019-01-29 22:58:24 -0500
My thoughts went the same direction as Hansen Ginn’s. Why are they trying to save a culture that doesn’t exist? Did I mis-hear or did someone mis-speak? The worst of this is how incredibly stupid Canadians are presumed to be and if the Liberals are put back in power after the next election….they will have proven it!
commented 2019-01-29 22:45:30 -0500
Hansen Ginn—sorry for saying the same as you, you weren’t there when I started.
commented 2019-01-29 22:40:51 -0500
John Galt says" If you have to have regulations to force your culture on your citizens….it does not say much for your culture…
How can the Gov’t force our culture onto the citizens, when Trudeau tells us that Canadians have no culture.

Ezra’s headline was:“CBC teams with CRTC to kneecap their competitors.” In Vancouver, a successful Restaurant was across the street from a Park for 10 years. Either the Provincial or Local Government opened a Restaurant close to it; all employee’s were Government Employee’s.
The older shop sued the Government and WON. The ruling was the Government cannot compete with a private Business unless the service was not being fulfilled in that area.
Therefore , if the CBC is considered to be in the same business as The Rebel, the CBC cannot team up with the CRTC to kneecap their competitors.
commented 2019-01-29 22:11:11 -0500
Considering Trudeau says Canada doesn’t have a core identity, it’s surprising how the CBC and CRTC are so insistent on protecting Canadian culture… doesn’t that indicate we do have a core identity?
commented 2019-01-29 21:46:30 -0500
I’m glad that I never took a dime of public money to promote my electronic music compositions and my paperbacks. Many of my musician and writer friends bugged me to do so but I refused. After all, my music and writing should stand on its own merits. People should be free to buy or not buy what they want. Furthermore, I have no intention of ever taking government grants which come out of people’s taxes. If folks like what I’m writing, they can purchase my product. I need no Can Con like the moochers want.
commented 2019-01-29 21:45:23 -0500
Dan Mancuso.. Let’s hope that Ezra and his Squadron have prepared for the worst.

I used the word Squadron to describe The Rebel Team… as this is very serious shit that’s trying to be forced onto us Citizens… Don’t let us down Rebel Media….
commented 2019-01-29 21:31:55 -0500
brighteon . com
commented 2019-01-29 21:30:32 -0500
Why stick with youtube when there’s a Conservative alternate’
Many are using the safer search engine ’ .
commented 2019-01-29 21:23:04 -0500
I fear the worst, Rebels…
commented 2019-01-29 21:17:05 -0500
The whole point of watching a comedy or drama, or of listening to a song or any piece of music, is to be entertained and have your life enriched by the arts. Entertainment is a goal in its own right. Cancon is just more political interference that people don’t need in their lives. The Liberal government has to insert politics into every aspect of our lives. They can’t even leave entertainment alone.
commented 2019-01-29 20:45:47 -0500
Oh, my last comment was answer to Rebelation’s question, "How do we fix it? "
commented 2019-01-29 20:44:58 -0500
One method involves the number 82 and the letters p & b.
commented 2019-01-29 20:44:53 -0500
The Canadian Content requirement was always crap.Ezra is correct….it was never about promoting Canadian talent.It was about insiders / friends …et al pushing someone or something in which they had a vested interest.
Many Canadian offerings and individuals were huge on the international scene and any Canadian who paid attention at all…knew who it was or what it was.We did not have to be spoon fed by regulations to know it existed.This was before the internet as well….
If you have to have regulations to force your culture on your citizens….it does not say much for your culture…especially with the present day (numerous) forms of communication available…..
commented 2019-01-29 20:40:30 -0500
Journalists have been running our society for some time now. How do we fix it?
commented 2019-01-29 20:31:26 -0500
The only way to stop the big tech companies such as YouTube and Google from changing the search results by filtering out right wing content is by affecting their income. Money is really the only thing to which they respond.
commented 2019-01-29 20:25:55 -0500
The CBC has learned something important from the former Ambassador to China, John McCallum.
“Gèng duō, Gèng duō. Gèng duō”
More! More! More!
commented 2019-01-29 20:12:09 -0500
That is not fair deriding CanCon. Maybe Bryan Adams did not qualify but CanCon gave us such greats as Joni Mitchell and Neil Young. And such great shows as Beachcombers, Duke of Kensington, and Nature of Things. The latter gave us the greatness of David Suzuki.

Second thought, maybe you do have a point about CanCon…emphasis on con.