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Media Beat: November 27, 2018

By David Farrell

Ottawa tiptoeing through a minefield with media subsidies

The Toronto Star began as a union newspaper but was soon snapped up by Toronto business interests anxious to promote the cause of Wilfrid Laurier's Liberals.


The National Post was founded as a vehicle for the muscular conservatism of its owner, Conrad Black.

Even now, media use their political stance as a marketing tool. In the United States, for instance, both the New York Times and Washington Post have found it profitable to take on Donald Trump. Attacking the president earns them digital subscriptions.

Conversely, Fox News has found it profitable to support Trump. – Thomas Walkom, Hamilton Spectator

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Gov’t commits $50M to Creative Commons licensed news content

Having embraced the Creative Commons licence as part of the solution to increasing the creation and distribution of local news content, the government should pursue additional steps in support of openly licensed news content, including incorporating the CBC into the initiative. Given the public tax dollars used to support the public broadcaster, the CBC should be exploring ways to make its local news content openly available. Moreover, the government itself should unlock its content, by eliminating crown copyright and adopting open licensing when it posts content on sharing services such as Flickr. – Michael Geist blog

CRTC investigates consumer complaints about telecom services

The federal watchdog for telecom complaints handled 14,272 complaints from consumers in 2017-2018. More than 40 per cent of them were about wireless service, and 29.2 per cent were about internet service. – Susan Noakes, CBC News

From Facebook to climate change: how to bury bad news

Have you smeared George Soros or need to release an awkward climate change report? There’s really no better moment. – Luke O’Neil, The Guardian

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Tanya Tagaq
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Tanya Tagaq

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Tanya Tagaq Plays a Pivotal Role in 'True Detective' Season Finale

The Inuk artist provides vocals for the HBO series' soundtrack, and her song "Submerged" scores a pivotal moment in the season finale on which she appears as an actress.

The new season of True Detective wrapped up this weekend, and timed with the tense final episode, HBO also released the show's gripping soundtrack. Inuk artist Tanya Tagaq, one of the most celebrated contemporary musicians in Canada, contributed to seven songs on the soundtrack as well as making appearances in the show herself.

Subtitled Night Country, the fourth season of the HBO detective show takes place in the fictional town of Ennis, Alaska. It stars Jodie Foster and Kali Reis as Liz Danvers and Evangeline Navarro, two police officers trying to figure out how the recent bizarre deaths of six scientists are linked to the murder of Iñupiaq activist Annie Kowtok. Through its mystery framing, the show explores themes like colonial violence, environmental destruction, and missing and murdered Indigenous women.

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