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‘Creative Canada’ – More Musings By Stephen Zolf Sep 29, 2017 Yesterday’s posts (here and here) outlined Netflix’s agreement with the government to invest a minimum of $500 million in original productions in Canada over the next five years. Under the agreement, Netflix “will also work to promote Canadian films and programs on its platform ...

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The Launch of ‘Creative Canada’: Some Brief Thoughts Following the Minister’s Speech By Stephen Zolf Sep 28, 2017 Following our earlier post, Minister Joly delivered her ‘Creative Canada’ speech at a noon-hour speech today. The speech included several noteworthy statements: “We pay some of the highest [Internet access] rates in the world. Our government won’t increase the cost of...

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Canada’s Cultural Funding Regime Receives Overhaul By Stephen Zolf Sep 28, 2017 The Canadian Minister of Heritage will officially launch 'Creative Canada' later today, which is the first major overhaul of Canada’s cultural funding regime in more than a quarter-century. A useful “10 key takeaway” points can be found here. The highest-profile measure (and sur...

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Equifax Breach - The Breach That Will Keep on Giving By Paige Backman and Meghan A. Cowan Sep 14, 2017 At this point, if you haven’t heard of the Equifax data breach, it could only be because you have rightfully been glued to the coverage of (or living through) Hurricane Irma, Harvey or Jose. On September 7, 2017, Equifax revealed that it was the subject of a cybersecurity breach over the s...