Media Beat: May 28, 2018

By David Farrell

Parliament enshrines net neutrality in broadcast, telecom laws

House of Commons votes unanimously in favour of 'open internet free from unjust discrimination and interference' – Emily Jackson, Financial Post

Copyright Review shifts focus to radio, TV and film sector

Since the beginning of the statutory review of the Copyright Act, the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (the Committee) has met with more than 100 stakeholders.

As part of Phase I of the statutory review, the Committee will shift its focus to the music, radio, television and film sectors in early June.

To best support the work of its members, the Committee is encouraging Canadians to submit briefs on the topic of copyright and music, as well as copyright and television, film and radio, as early as possible.


However, the Committee will accept briefs throughout its review of the Act.

Briefs must not exceed 2,000 words. They may be sent to

For more information on how to prepare a submission, please consult the Guide for Submitting Briefs to House of Commons Committees.

For more information on the review of the Act, please consult the study’s website. – News Release

Never trust the CBC

“The CBC sides with people who hate everything about Canada, our society, our history and our values. Imagine how far to the left this “unbiased CBC reporter” must be to consider anarchists mainstream and patriotic working-class men to be “far-right.” Your tax dollars at work!” – Candice Malcolm, True North

Weather Channel rains on Facebook’s parade

The cable and satellite channel has yanked its pages from the social media site as revenue generated from followers, shares and views created negligible income. – DigiDay

Epic Sports offers $100M prize pools to fund for Fortnite competitions

Single player formats have decreased in popularity in recent years, though these games are much more common on mobile. On the traditional gaming platforms, multi-player formats are much more common nowadays, and this trend should be expected to migrate onto mobile as well. Before too long, eSports could be considered one of the biggest strains on the network. –


Silicon Valley pastor calls the city of Palo Alto an “elitist shit den of hate”

The First Baptist minister has resigned from his church after tweeting a cavalcade of earthy condemnations criticizing the hypocrisy of “social justice” activism in the region. – Sam Levin, The Guardian

Ignore the hype over big tech. Its products are mostly useless

It’s years since Silicon Valley gave us a game-changer. Instead, from curing disease to colonies on Mars, we’re fed overblown promises – John Harris, The Guardian

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