From Chris Hannay of The Globe and Mail:
Link: Officials pushed Joly to approve funding for Canada 150 TV series on CBC
Canadian bureaucrats urged Heritage Minister MÃ©lanie Joly to change her mind about an earlier rejection and approve funding for a Canada 150 television show by touting how â€œimportantâ€ the project was to the CBC, which receives more than $1-billion a year from taxpayers.
We Are Canada was ultimately approved for $500,000 from the federal Canada 150 Fund, after Ms. Joly turned down an earlier request from the department to give it $1-million. Continue reading.Â
From Michael Geist of The Globe and Mail:
Link: New digital taxes may be the future of Cancon
Canadian Heritage Minister MÃ©lanie Joly has energetically crossed the country emphasizing the economic benefits of the cultural industries. Yet as the government conducts a national consultation on Canadian content in the digital world, new digital taxes may ultimately play a starring role.
Ms. Joly has opened the door to an overhaul of Canadian cultural policy, but the million-dollar â€“ or perhaps billion-dollar â€“ question is how to pay for it. Internal government documents obtained through the Access to Information Act suggest that officials believe foreign sources of funding from international sales and joint productions could play a pivotal role in bringing new money into the system. Continue reading.
Melanie Joly says the CBC should take more Vice-like risks
Canada’s new heritage ministerÂ MÃ©lanieÂ JolyÂ says theÂ Trudeau government will increase funding toÂ “battered”Â arts and cultural institutionsÂ â€” including the CBC.
“I really believe a public broadcaster is relevant and important,Â but it needs to be adapted to our times,” she toldÂ qÂ host Shadrach Kabango in a wide-ranging conversation about the importance of the arts, and a broaderÂ ecosystem that supports them. Â Continue reading and listen to the interview.