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Liberals will now regulate YouTube

The feds said it will be up to YouTube management, not individual viewers to comply with the Broadcasting Act.

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A Liberal Commons committee has voted for the government to regulate YouTube, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The feds said it will be up to YouTube management, not individual viewers to comply with the Broadcasting Act.

The committee on Friday stripped a YouTube exemption from Bill C-10 An Act To Amend The Broadcasting Act that would regulate Netflix and other internet video services.

It includes a requirement they “contribute significantly to the creation and presentation of Canadian programming.”

“When you or I upload something to YouTube or some other sharing service, we will not be considered broadcasters for the purposes of the Act,” testified Thomas Ripley, director general of broadcasting for the Heritage Department.

“In other words, the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission couldn’t call us before them and we couldn’t be subject to CRTC hearings and whatnot.

“The programming we upload onto YouTube, that programming we place on that service, would be subject to regulation moving forward. It would be the responsibility of YouTube.”

When Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault introduced Bill C-10 last November 3 it exempted YouTube uploads from regulation.

The committee voted to remove the exemption.

“The way forward ultimately is to maintain the exclusion for individual users, but to strike down the exclusion for social media companies,” said Ripley.

“That means all the programming on those services would be subject to the Act regardless.”

Guilbeault complained in an earlier debate on the bill the Broadcasting Act was “frozen in the past” after last amended in 1991.

“What we risk in the long term is nothing less than the loss of our cultural sovereignty,” said Guilbeault.

But critics of Bill C-10 questioned impacts on free speech.

“A major concern for me is who would be defined as a broadcaster,” said Conservative MP Garnett Genuis (Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.).

“Who is in? Who is out? If people start their own YouTube channels and get a large number of subscribers, do they become subject to all kinds of regulations?”

Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant (Renfrew-Nipissing, Ont.) said the bill marked “the steady erosion of free speech in Canada,” including YouTube users.

“It is not in the best interests of Canadians to turn the CRTC into some kind of censor board beyond the reach of Parliament,” said Gallant.

“The only reason the government is doing this is to stretch the justification of regulating public airwaves into a justification for regulating private viewing. Our freedom of speech and our freedom of expression are not just about the right to be heard. It is about our right to hear, to listen, to see and to understand. It is a human right, not a Canadian privilege.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Joc2257

    April 27, 2021 at 7:36 am

    OMG and this line of BS coming from a government whos leader stood in Parliament and announced to the world that “Canada has no culture and will be the first non nationalist state”.
    This Bill C-10 is nothing more than the Lieberals desire to shutdown our freedoms to read, listen and watch what individuals want to view on social media. It’s their latest attempt at controlling the freedoms that this nation has stood for and fought for for generations.
    This is just 1 more reason the freedom loving people of Western Canada need to stand up and collectively vote for secession, either thru your provincial separatist group or through the national Maverick Party

  2. Joni Menz

    April 26, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    ‘Loss of cultural sovereignty’ is a guise. Any kind of gov’t dabbling into what I can and can’t watch has consequences; one of which is groupthink. My taxes already support that with the CBC.

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Hundreds of Albertans protest in front of UCP MLA offices over COVID restrictions

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

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He knew they couldn’t stop the government from bringing in even more COVID-19 restrictions, but Jordon Kosik wanted to be ready to show his displeasure.

Operating two Facebook groups, Holding MLAs Accountable and Closed for Fall, Kosik had his 17,000 members ready to protest just hours after Premier Jason Kenney brought in a fourth COVID-19 lockdown, which this time includes vaccination passports.

“A couple of weeks ago, we knew something was happening,” Kosik said in a Thursday interview with the Western Standard.

Protest in front of Nathan Cooper’s office. Photo courtesy Holding MLAs Accountable

“There was nothing we could do to stop it, but what we could do is get ready.”

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

Some had a handful of people show up, while others had scores of people.

“This was on organic protest, people in their own ridings,” said Kosik.

And Kovik thinks this won’t be the end of restrictions, with more likely in a couple of weeks.

“To get ready for that we have to network, network, network,” Koik said.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Vancouver gangster killed in daylight shooting

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

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Vancouver cops are on the hunt for an armed killer after a gangster was slain Wednesday during a daylight shooting in Vancouver’s core area.

Amandeep Manj, 35, a known member of the United Nations gang, was shot about 3:30 p.m while sitting inside his car in the parking lot of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel near Canada Place.

Soon after he bloodied body was discovered, paramedics raced to the lot, but Manj was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they’re convinced the shooting was a targeted hit.

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

Manj’s brother, Jodh Manj, also died a violent death three years ago when he was killed while leaving a Mexico City gym.

Vancouver Police Const. Tania Visintin told the Vancouver Sun Manj is the city’s 13th homicide of 2021.

She told the paper officers responded to level three of the parkade near Cordova and Burrard streets “after a man was found unresponsive by a witness.” 

Police have made no arrests in the case, and ask anyone who may have information about the shooting to contact Vancouver police.

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COVID vaccines changing their names

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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What’s in a name? Plenty, apparently, when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines in Canada.

Health Canada announced Thursday it will accept the change in new brand names of the three most common vaccines Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford-AstraZeneca.

The Moderna vaccine will go by SpikeVax and the AstraZeneca vaccine will be named Vaxzevria.

The Pfizer vaccine will now be called Comirnaty, which the company said represents a combination of the terms COVID-19, mRNA, community, and immunity.

CBC said the vaccines didn’t go by their brand name initially, but now that new and more long-term data has been submitted and approved they will go by their permanent name.

Canada is still expected to receive vials labelled Pfizer-BioNTech for the next several months.

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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