Do you understand CBC’s terms of use for sending content?

The Inside the CBC blog has taken a long, hard look at the terms of use of user-generated content. Tod Maffin takes to task the jargon in the CBC’s Terms of Use, such as: By posting or uploading Submissions to the Web site, you grant CBC/Radio Canada a royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive, irrevocable, unrestricted, worldwide license to use, reproduce, store, adapt, translate, modify, […]

CityTV slapped over use of Flickr photos

A case involving photos from Flickr used by CityTV raises questions about the issue of copyright and fair dealing. The Torontoist reports that Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) found that CityTV had violated the Association of Electronic Journalists of Canada’s RTNDA Code of (Journalistic) Ethics by using the photos of an alleged burglar that Joel Charlebois had posted to his Flickr account. The […]

TV giants take centre stage at CRTC hearings

The CBC, Rogers, and Shaw are showcasing various versions of Canada’s future broadcast landscape at the CRTC hearings on the future of broadcast distribution. According to Media in Canada: Rogers Communications execs presented a three-step proposal for new TV regulation that would “emulate many of the benefits of the Internet” Shaw Communications argued that allowing such […]

Rogers gets go-ahead for Toronto news channel

Canada is getting a new 24-hour news channel in the Greater Toronto area. The CRTC has approved an application from Rogers. The new channel, called CITY News Toronto, enters a crowded market. It will compete again  CP24, CTV Newsnet and CBC’s Newsworld. In a statement, Jamie Haggarty of Rogers Media Television said: Torontonians and residents of the GTA will […]

Canwest seeks to integrate TV and newspaper newsrooms

The embattled Canwest media giant is looking to be able to bring together its TV and newspaper news operations. It has asked the broadcast regulator, the CRTC, to loosen restrictions on integrating its TV and newspaper newsrooms. The rules were designed to maintain the diversity of editorial voices from news sources owned by a single company. Canwest […]

Al-Jazeera English set sights on Canadian TV screens

Al-Jazeera will soon be broadcast on Canadian television, according to the managing editor of the English-language station of the  Qatar-based news network. During a UBC Graduate School of Journalism panel on international reporting, Tony Burman, previously of the CBC, said a Canadian cable carrier will apply to CRTC  for the right to broadcast the network. Business […]

The Star targets parents and home owners

The owner of the Toronto Star is launching new online properties, targeting parents and homeowners. Toronto’s Star Media Group is launching three new websites –, and – designed to be crucial resources for things that matter to Greater Toronto Area residents. As owner of, Star Media Group’s new sites will include a combination of news stories along with useful info, tools, […]

.ca domain names hit one million

The number of .ca domain names has hit the one million mark, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has announced. The one millionth .ca domain was snapped up by Brent Krause, from Calgary, Alberta, who is using to promote his private law practice. A CIRA news release said: As one of the world’s most wired nations, Canadians continue […]

Online exclusive for Olympic comeback

With the Olympics just days away, it makes sense for the Unlimited magazine to publish an online exclusive about a Canadian Olympian. The story charts the remarkable comeback of gold medal gymnast Kyle Shewfelt who broke his legs 11 months before the event. The story production could be better, with sub-heads to break up the text and more […]

Google provides new media tools on election

With Canada in the midst of a federal election, Google has come up with a couple of imaginative tools to shed light on the campaign. In a post on Google’s Public Policy blog,  Canada Policy Counsel Jacob Glick explained how Google Reader was providing an insight into how the party leaders use blogs, news sites and other online sources to stay […]