Ontario doctors to vote on arbitration proposal for compensation disputes

Written by admin on 26/06/2019 Categories: 上海楼凤

TORONTO – Ontario’s doctors, who have been without a physician services agreement for three years, are set to vote this weekend on a tentative deal that would send contract disputes with the government to binding arbitration.

Seven other provinces and the Northwest Territories set physician compensation through a binding arbitration process, but the Ontario government had rejected the doctors’ demand until reversing course earlier this year.


The Ontario Medical Association, which has about 44,000 members, reached the tentative deal on a binding interest arbitration framework last month, following a years-long dispute that saw doctors protesting in the streets, waging media campaigns and threatening job action.

The framework determines how the doctors’ next contract, and all subsequent contracts, will be settled – first there would be an effort at negotiation, and if a deal can’t be reached, they would go to mediation and then binding arbitration.

The Liberal government has angered doctors by imposing fee cuts for some services and clawing back their pay.

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Doctors voted down a proposal last summer that would have increased the approximately $12-billion physician services budget by more than $1 billion but also included $200 million in fee cuts. They dismissed another proposal last year, saying it was just a rehash of the previous offer.

Binding arbitration has been a sticking point in the long dispute.

There are divisions in the profession, however, with the OMA supporting the latest tentative agreement and some independent physician groups urging doctors to vote it down, saying it doesn’t go far enough.

OMA president Shawn Whatley said the tentative agreement allows the association to negotiate physician compensation through a fair and independent process.

“We’ve been asking for this for years,” Whatley said.

The provincial government appears to have made a significant concession in the agreement, a copy of which was obtained by .

According to a memo prepared by the OMA’s lawyers, the government initially sought a “hard cap” for the annual physician services budget, but eventually agreed not to include that provision in the tentative agreement.

Ontario to resume negotiations with doctors, discuss interest arbitration

In previous years, the government capped the budget, which meant that when doctors collectively billed the government more than it budgeted for in a given year, the extra cost was clawed back from doctors’ pay – a move unpopular among doctors.

Under the tentative deal, how cost overruns are dealt with will be negotiated.

“In the past, the government was able to act unilaterally and say this is what we’re prepared to pay and not a penny more,” Whatley said.

“With this offer, that ability to act unilaterally is removed. We have rebalanced power.”

However, a coalition of independent physician groups that led a successful campaign to vote down the last agreement on compensation the OMA reached with the province argue the binding arbitration agreement isn’t good enough.

Kulvinder Gill, head of Concerned Ontario Doctors, said the agreement makes it too easy for the government to later impose a hard cap through the arbitration process, and doesn’t give doctors back any of the money the province clawed back because of hard caps over the past three years.

Gill said the agreement also prevents doctors from striking, and while it’s typical of similar agreements in other jurisdictions, she said this offer goes too far.

Ontario doctor group disappointed in deal between OMA and province

The agreement prevents doctors from withdrawing any service from patients for the purpose of pressuring the government, not only on matters that can be arbitrated under the agreement, but any issue of policy, legislation or regulation. It does not prevent activism such as protesting or letter-writing campaigns.

Gill said some doctors are concerned the government will one day pass legislation to void some parts of the agreement, depriving doctors of binding arbitration, but leave the prohibition on job action in place – similar to when the B.C. government passed legislation in 2002 that cancelled an arbitrated compensation increase for doctors, and ended their right to binding arbitration.

According to a legal opinion sought by the Concerned Ontario Doctors, the agreement also entrenches the Ontario Medical Association as the province’s official bargaining agent for doctors in perpetuity.

Gill said most doctors are unhappy with that status quo – and the majority have said in opinion surveys they would not pay their membership dues to the OMA if they were not mandated to by law.

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Canadiens acquire winger Jonathan Drouin from Lightning

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The looming NHL expansion draft helped make Jonathan Drouin a Montreal Canadien.

The Canadiens plucked the skillful 22-year-old winger from Tampa on Thursday afternoon in exchange for 2016 first rounder Mikhail Sergachev and a conditional second round pick in 2018.

The Lightning made the move with next week’s expansion draft and salary cap in mind.

Drouin gives the Canadiens a much-needed dose of offensive upside and creativity. The third-overall pick in 2013 and a native of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Que., Drouin had a career-best 21 goals and 53 points last season, including nine goals and 26 points on the power play.

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He’s a speedy, shifty and plenty skilled force on the wing (perhaps at centre too) and someone who instantly upgrades a Montreal lineup that sometimes struggled to score last season and was knocked out in the first round by the New York Rangers.

The clock is ticking on the Habs’ competitive window with Shea Weber due to turn 32 this summer, Max Pacioretty closing on 30 and Carey Price approaching potential free agency next summer.

The trade ends a rocky four-year tenure in Tampa for Drouin, who clashed with head coach Jon Cooper and was suspended by the club at one point last season following a trade request. He ultimately rejoined the group for the 2016 playoffs, piled up 14 points and 17 games and had his most productive NHL campaign this past season.

Drouin is due a pricey, new second contract this summer, which – along with expansion – was a likely factor in Tampa’s decision to part with him. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman has a tight rope to walk with regard to the cap in the coming weeks, with Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat also both due new deals.

Trading Drouin allows Tampa, which also netted a conditional sixth rounder in 2018, to protect one more player ahead of next Wednesday’s expansion draft with protection lists due for submission on Saturday. They were faced with potentially losing promising 24-year-old centre Vladislav Namestnikov for nothing.

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While Drouin is a big loss to their long-term talent pool, they get a high-upside 18-year-old defenceman in Sergachev who is exempt from selection by Las Vegas. The ninth overall pick in 2016 won the OHL’s defenceman of the year award after the 2015-16 season when he had 17 goals and 57 points in 67 games for Windsor.

The Canadiens announced the signing of Charles Hudon to a two-year, one-way contract. The 22-year-old Alma, Que., native had 27 goals and 49 points in 56 regular-season games with the American hockey League’s St. John’s IceCaps last season.

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Average hourly wages in Canada have barely budged in 40 years

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The average wage Canadians are paid per hour has hardly changed since the 1970s, even as an increasing number of people become increasingly educated, according to recent Statistics Canada data.

In 2016, the average hourly wage paid to full-time employees was $27.70, wage data released Thursday found.


An analysis of historical data from Statistics Canada, meanwhile, found that minimum wage and the average hourly wage have remained, more or less, unchanged since the 1970s.

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“While Canada has undergone important economic, social and technological changes since the 1970s, the minimum wage and the average hourly wage are essentially unchanged,” according to the agency.

“Taking inflation into account, the minimum wage peaked in 1976 at just over $11 and hour in Canada. The following year — 1977 — average hourly earnings peaked at close to $24.”

Meanwhile, a look back at education trends among Canadians aged 15 years and older, shows the number of people earning degrees — whether high school, university bachelor or doctorate degree — increased consistently over 20 years, according to census data between 1986 and 2006.

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Data released Thursday offered a look at average hourly wages in ten broad groups (management, health, manufacturing, etc.) as well as in dozens of specific jobs (bartenders, hairstylists, greenhouse workers, etc.).

Broadly speaking, the highest wages in 2016 were paid to managers, with an average of $40.25. The range in this category was vast, going all the way from $64.45 for managers of mining and oil and gas extraction to $18.10 per hour for restaurant and food services managers.

Among the broad categories, the second spot went to full-time employees in natural and applied sciences jobs, where the average pay was $33.45 per hour, followed by occupations in education, law and social, and community and government services, were full-time employees drew an average hourly wage of $33.20.

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On the other side of the coin, those in the sale and service industries were the lowest paid, earning an average of $18.85, followed closely by those in manufacturing and unities with an average $21.90 hourly wage, and those in natural resources and agriculture with an average $22.15 hourly wage for full-time workers.

Drilling down into the specific job listings, specialist physicians, dentists and petroleum engineers were the occupations with the highest average full-time hourly wages, clocking in at $88.75, $72 and $62.75 respectively.

The lowest full-time wages in 2016, on average, were paid to bartenders, food servers and restaurant hosts or hostesses, which Statistics Canada pegged at $11.50, $11.85 and $12.85 respectively.

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Sask. gov’t outlines plan to transfer management of community pastures

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The Saskatchewan government has outlined a three-year plan to transfer the management of community pastures to local producer groups.

Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart says the groups could include municipalities, environmental agencies or First Nations and will be offered 15-year leases.



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    He says 13 community pastures in the northwest will be handed over next year, another 19 in the northeast and the northwest in 2019 and the remaining 18 pastures by 2020.

    Cattle farmers have traditionally used the pastures set up in the 1920s as grazing land for their animals.

    The phaseout was announced in the March provincial budget.

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    One lobby group has raised concern that privatization of prairie grasslands could result in poor management and erosion of important wildlife habitat.

    Trevor Herriot with Public Pastures-Public Interest has said community pastures are also important for research projects and carbon sequestration.

    The province held consultations with ranchers before crafting its transition plan.

    In 2013, the previous Conservative government in Ottawa announced its plan to transfer control of 900,000 hectares of community pastureland to Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta.

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Giving kids food as a reward can lead to emotional eating: dietitian

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I consider myself a fairly healthy, clean eater. And yet, old patterns around food die hard.

Hard day with a terrible two? Glass of wine, please.

Stressful day at work? Chocolate, please.

Big win at soccer? Beer and nachos for everyone!

For some reason, the peaks and valleys in life have food associations for many of us. Lalitha Taylor, the national spokesperson for Dietitians of Canada, says these types of behaviours around food are learned very early in life (Thanks Mom and Dad! I’m kidding, of course).


Taylor says parents can set their kids up for a healthy relationship with food by avoiding certain habits.

“When we start to use food for other purposes other than nourishment, it can teach our children to associate food with certain behaviours,” she said. “So for example, if I do good at something – whether it be cleaning off my plate of food at suppertime, whether it be potty training or maybe getting good grades – I associate that with getting ice cream or something else. Also, maybe if I’m feeling sad or upset or disappointed about something, I deserve chocolate! And so as kids, when we start to associate certain behaviours with getting certain things, we start to feel that food can make us happy and that food can also be a reward for being good.”

Taylor says this moves children away from intuitive eating, or eating when they’re hungry. It also sets them up to want to eat emotionally.

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Aston University psychology researchers studied different feeding practices of parents with children aged three to five to explore the influence of using food as a reward. They followed up two years later.

“The results showed that children were much more likely to emotionally eat at ages five to seven if their parents had reported using more food as a reward and were overtly controlling with foods when the children were younger,” the university concluded in a 2016 news release.

Taylor recommends replacing food rewards with other treats: stickers, a trip to the zoo or Monopoly money that can be turned in for a toy.

I’m going to try it in our house although I think the transition will be hardest for the adults!

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South Okanagan General Hospital emergency department to close for 14 hours this weekend

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Interior Health (IH) announced Thursday that the emergency department at South Okanagan General Hospital in Oliver will be closed for 14 hours from Friday evening to Saturday morning.

The health authority is blaming the closure on “limited physician availability.”

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The mayor of Oliver said he is not happy to hear about the closure.


“We’ve met with the doctors. We’ve met with IH. I know our MLA is working on this as well as we speak. I know they are working for a workable solution. They were very apologetic but they just have nobody to cover for tomorrow night. There is really not much that we can do about it other than hope that things go well,” said Ron Hovanes.

“We continually stress that for our coverage area, where we have 18,000 plus citizens between Oliver and Osoyoos and the rural areas it is critical that our emergency department stay open. That’s the strong message we continue to give.”

During the closure from 6:00 p.m. Friday to 8:00 a.m. Saturday, those who would normally go to the South Okanagan General Hospital emergency department are being told to access emergency services at the Penticton Regional Hospital instead.

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This isn’t the first time Oliver has faced an emergency department closure. The health authority thought it would have to shut down the department for two periods in early June.

However, those closures were avoided at the last minute when doctors were found to cover those shifts.

The health authority has said it is “committed on having a long-term solution to this issued around physician and emergency room physician coverage.”

– with files from Shelby Thom

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Concerns raised about overweight trucks on Saskatchewan’s roads

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Overweight vehicles thundering down Saskatchewan’s roads are causing millions in damage each year, and there’s concern the government isn’t doing enough to stop it.

“The processes the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure uses to enforce vehicle weight and dimension laws on provincial highways were ineffective,” provincial auditor Judy Ferguson said when she released her latest report.

“We found that the plan wasn’t being carried out and management wasn’t actively monitoring whether or not it was carried out.”



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    In her audit, Ferguson found weigh scales aren’t open enough hours.

    “For example, in 2015-16, its ten weigh scales were open almost ten per cent less than the expected amount of time,” she said. “Three of six highway officers we tested only did up to one half of the expected number of vehicle inspections.”

    Overweight vehicles can cause increased damage to pavement and bridges and take longer to stop, while vehicles that exceed dimension requirements can obstruct traffic or hit overhead infrastructure, Ferguson said.

    Susan Ewart, Saskatchewan Trucking Association’s executive director, also wants to see more enforcement.

    “There’s trucking companies here that operate from the U.S., there’s out of province, we have different sectors of people who drive trucks that maybe aren’t governed by the same regulations as our members are,” she said.

    In a random test, Ferguson found that truck traffic on an alternate route increased by half after the weigh scale opened.

    “We do know that once the lights come on, some of the carriers will start to shift away from the scales and find alternative routes around,” Blair Wagar, Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure’s assistant deputy minister, said.

    He said that’s why officers will close the weigh scale and head out on patrol.

    “Those vehicles basically are mobile inspection stations. Everything they can do at the scale, they can do in their vehicle,” he said.

    Forty-five officers cover more than 26,000 kilometres of provincial highways, which is the largest per capita in the country.

    Approximately 1,250 fines totalling $1.3 million were given to overweight or over-dimension vehicles in the year between September 2015 to August 2016.

    The ministry estimates the damage is at least $10 million annually to repair damage caused by overweight and over-dimension vehicles.

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Calgary council asked to create economic development fund

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Calgary city council will be asked to create a $10-million economic development investment fund (EDIF) when it meets on Monday.

Numbers from Statistics Canada show that since August of 2015, nearly 53,000 jobs have been lost in the Calgary region.

An economic development investment fund has been used in many other North American cities as a way of dealing with an economic downturn and creating diversification.

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In a report going to city council, the goals of the EDIF include, but are not limited to:

Help create the right conditions for growth in the local economy, through efforts to strengthen industries and create new onesDiversify the local economyLeverage municipal funds for additional private and public sector investments into the communityCreate employment lands and stimulate employmentCreate a return on investment (both direct and indirect)



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    Councillor Richard Pootmans, whose background before going into politics was in economic development, welcomes the fund.

    “If we’re not making investments in our community, why should anyone else? And right now, we are seeking talent and investment for our community,” he said.

    “We estimate we are competing with approximately 1,000 other jurisdictions on the planet, for high quality jobs and investment in our city.”

    Of the $10 million, 20 per cent of it is earmarked for Calgary’s so-called 10 cornerstone arts organizations, which include Theatre Calgary, The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Calgary Folk Music Festival.

    Pootmans said Thursday he is keeping an open mind.

    “The arts are one of the factors that people consider when they’re coming here. I remember when I was at Calgary Economic Development, I would routinely [be approached by] people travelling from afar, wondering where they could go to an art gallery,” he said.

    “People are interested in the quality of life they are going to have if they come here.”

    City administrators said the arts organizations support the city’s high quality of life, vibrant downtown and diversified economy and in 2015 accounted for $49 million in direct economic activity.

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Government won’t take Senate budget changes, Morneau hints

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OTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau issued a veiled warning Thursday that the Trudeau government won’t accept Senate changes to his budget bill — especially not carving out provisions dealing with creation of the new infrastructure bank.

Morneau issued the warning after fielding questions for two hours from senators on the Senate finance committee about the budget.

“We’ve been really clear that we put the infrastructure bank in our budget because we believe it is an important budgetary measure, because there’s significant financial implications from that measure,” he said outside the committee room.

“We think it’s going to have a big impact on our economy in the short, medium and long-term and that’s why we expect that to be in our budget that we pass this spring prior to leaving for summer recess.”

Morneau also appeared to suggest that the unelected Senate has no business rewriting the economic plan passed by the elected House of Commons.

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“We believe the House of Commons has the authority to pass the budget bill and we view this (infrastructure bank) as central to our budget,” he said.

Morneau’s appearance at committee came just a couple hours before the Speaker of the Senate, George Furey, ruled out of order a motion from independent Sen. Andre Pratte to carve out the infrastructure bank portion of the budget bill into a separate bill that senators can study at greater length.

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Furey agreed with the government’s representative in the Senate, Peter Harder, that the motion was out of order.

However, his ruling was challenged by independent Sen. Diane Griffin. Senators were to vote on that challenge later Thursday.

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Whooping cough outbreak expands across southern Alberta as cases rise provincewide

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Alberta Health Services (AHS) says a whooping cough outbreak in southern Alberta has now impacted 38 people.

The outbreak was originally declared last week after 17 cases were detected in communities with low immunizaton rates.

“This outbreak is in the same area where we are seeing outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases on a regular basis,” Dr. Vivien Suttorp, a medical officer of health for AHS South zone said in an interview on June 7.


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At the time, the outbreak had been contained to the western part of the AHS South zone and was limited to the communities around Lethbridge, Coaldale and Fort Macleod. This week, however, cases related to the outbreak have been detected across southern alberta, including three cases in Medicine Hat.

No outbreaks have been declared in Alberta’s four other zones but AHS says there have been 178 cases across Alberta so far this year, including 18 in Calgary, 27 in Edmonton and 77 in the province’s central zone, which includes Red Deer.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial infection which can be very serious for young children. In infants, the illness can be fatal.

In 2012, a southern Alberta infant died of complications from whooping cough. Harper Whitehead was just a month old and too young to be vaccinated against the disease. Whooping cough can be treated with antibiotics but Dr. Suttorp warns that to be effective, antibiotics must be administered early in the course of the disease.

According to AHS, immunization is the best protection against whooping cough. The vaccine is part of Alberta’s routine childhood immunization schedule. Doses of the DTaP vaccine — which delivers protection against diptheria, whooping cough, tetanus and polio — are recommended for all children at age two months, four months, six months, 18 months, between four and six years and again in Grade 9.

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Adults are urged to get a booster at some point and it’s recommended pregnant women get the vaccine during their third trimester of pregnancy. The vaccine is covered by Alberta Health and can be accessed through community health centres or public health offices.

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Symptoms of whooping cough are initially similar to a cold and include runny nose, sneezing, fever and a mild cough. The cough progresses over the course of about a week to something more severe and can be followed with what sounds like a “whooping” noise when inhaling.  The cough may last for two months or more. Vomiting after a coughing spell is also common.

Anyone who suspects they or a family member may be sick with whooping cough should stay at home and call health link at 811 before seeking medical care. Whooping cough is typically treated with antibiotics.

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‘Vancouver is falling behind’ says Mayor Gregor Robertson on 10-year transit vision

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Metro Vancouver mayors are calling on the Legislative Assembly to get on with it and get a government into place.

Following the announcement of $1.2-billion federal investment in Montreal’s light rail project, Mayors’ Council Chair Gregor Robertson said in a statement that “Vancouver is falling behind other cities to secure badly needed federal funding for a 10-year transit vision.

“Mayors are ready to go, but we need a new provincial government to take action on landing federal investment for transit.”



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    MLAs return to work on June 22, but nothing can happen until a Speaker is selected. The Liberals and New Democrats aren’t keen to give up a member to serve as Speaker because they’re in a virtual dead heat.

    Robertson said Metro Vancouver commuters are waiting on a political resolution in Victoria to move forward on infrastructure.

    “We need the transit investment urgently, and that means we’ve got to have a B.C. government as soon as possible that’s engaged and landing that dollar to get them on the ground here so we can get transit projects built and start dealing with the traffic congestion,” he said.

    Parties weigh-in

    While Victoria remains in caretaker mode, the political parties are responding to the mayor’s call to action.

    NDP MLA George Heyman says he understands what regular transit commuters are going through.

    “The mayors are frustrated. So are the people who live in the region —; and I totally get that. That’s why John Horgan has been calling on Christy Clark to stand aside and let a new government take place.”

    Liberal pick for Minister responsible for TransLink Sam Sullivan says his party is committed to working with the mayors and is dropping a referendum requirement for the region’s share of transit funding.

    The BC Green Party says there is no reason for delaying the recall of the house.

    Phase one of the Mayors’ 10-year plan includes more frequent public transit, road improvements, and active transportation infrastructure.

    Two-thirds of the plan was funded by TransLink.

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BLOG CHED Morning News: Do media outlets in Canada need help?

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The House of Commons heritage committee finally released a long-awaited report Thursday which took a year to complete, hoping to aid the media industry in Canada.

Dr. Hedy Fry, chair of the committee put forward 20 different recommendations that the government should execute to help the slumping industry.



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    “Witnesses pointed out the slow decline of local and regional print and broadcast media, and its negative impact on democracy,” said Dr Fry. “Local media allows Canadians of all backgrounds, cultures and opinions to be informed and participate in the democratic life of their country.”

    In the statement released by the government: “Key is the creation of a new government funding model that is platform agnostic and would support Canadian journalistic content,” a statement from the government stated. “Another recommendation suggests leveling the playing field across all platforms so that foreign news aggregators are subject to the same tax treatment as Canadian providers.”

    “The Committee also recommends tax measures to allow deduction of digital advertising on Canadian-owned platforms and to assist the transition from traditional to digital platforms,” the statement continues.

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shot down the idea of a tax increase, which was said to be roughly five per cent, though the other recommendations are still on the table.

    Here are some of the recommendations that are included in the report:

    – The Committee recommends that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada continue their efforts to improve affordable broadband Internet access in Canada, with an emphasis on Northern Canada and rural and remote regions.

    – The Committee recommends that an Indigenous journalism initiative be created with the purpose of training Indigenous journalists to cover Indigenous government institutions and other relevant issues for Indigenous media outlets across Canada.

    – The Committee recommends that the responsibility for creating this initiative be embedded with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Networks, and that this initiative be financed from programs supporting Canadian programming.

    – The Committee recommends that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission collect more data on the state of local broadcasting in Canada.

    – The Committee recommends that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission rigorously track and enforce noncompliance with license requirements regarding locally reflective news and programming.

    Most Canadians say they have trust in traditional news media: Ipsos poll

    In today’s day and age, news media in Canada has been accused of “fake news” allegations. With U.S. President Donald Trump constantly accusing news media in America, the same accusations have landed in the thoughts of Canadians. Though, an Ipsos-Reid poll says 69 per cent of Canadians trust traditional news media.

    While not directly addressed, the new recommendations would help both media outlets and Canadians to become trusted sources. This would especially be addressed with data gathering on the state of broadcasting in the country.

    One of the other recommendations is to eliminate advertising from the CBC/Radio-Canada on their digital platforms, in which CBC believes it would be an approximate $533 million impact, which would damage the public broadcasters ability to deliver news.

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John Oakley Show – Thursday June 15, 2017

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Hear it Again! Here’s your one-stop look at all the highlights of the John Oakley Show from your Thursday afternoon commute.

Police Services Board meeting to discuss School Resource Officers (SRO)s

The police services board meeting today discusses the possibility of disbanding School Resource Officer program. Giorgio Mammoliti and Sue-Ann Levy weigh in.

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Sue-Ann discusses on the 443


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Netflix tax is rejected by liberals

A recommendation to impose a new five per cent tax on high-speed internet services in Canada was promptly rejected by the heritage minister Thursday, just minutes after it was made public by a parliamentary committee.

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Toronto cop killer Richard Kachkar living in community

The widow of a Toronto police officer killed in a rampage says she’s outraged the man deemed not criminally responsible for her husband’s death has been living in the community since April.  Christine Russell says she only learned this week that Richard Kachkar had been released from a mental health hospital in Whitby, Ont., to live in a nearby apartment. Registered psychologist Oren Amitay discusses what would allow the Ontario Review Board to come to this decision.

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Conservative Party of Canada leaderAndrew Scheer on the Oakley Show

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