Legislation & Regulations

A compendium of articles about bills, laws and regulations that have an impact on workers, organized labour, unions and journalism.

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CWA Canada Student/Associate Members support striking postal workers - CWA Canada Student/Associate Members are throwing their full support behind the more than 50,000 striking postal workers who have been unjustly legislated back to work by the federal government. Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have been conducting rotating strikes for 37 days over core issues that are vitally important. Women’s equality, health and safety, and precarious work are all issues that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has taken a stand on. However, with this back-to-work legislation, the government has decided instead to allow Canada Post to continue with practices that reinforce inequity and cause injuries. Workers in Canada have a constitutional right to collective bargaining and to strike as a means to achieve a fair agreement. The CWA Canada Student/Associate Members take the removal of these rights very seriously. An attack of this magnitude on CUPW-STTP members is an attack on the entire labour movement and sends a very clear message from this government: we don’t care about Canadian workers, we’re not on your side. If the Liberal government wants to continue to claim they are progressive, feminist, and worker-friendly, we demand that they reverse this decision and allow CUPW-STTP to continue to negotiate towards a [...]
Press release graphic Media union welcomes federal aid for news industry, but ‘devil is in the details’ - OTTAWA — CWA Canada, the country’s only all-media union, welcomes the federal government’s announcement of financial help for the news industry, but cautions that the devil will be in the details. Today’s announcement in the fall economic statement promises $595 million in tax credits and other incentives over five years, including a refundable tax credit for “labour costs associated with producing original news content.” It will also allow non-profit media organizations to apply for charitable status. Full details won’t be available until the next budget after the government consults with an “independent” panel from the journalism community. “We’re certainly pleased to see this badly needed help coming, especially the eligibility for charitable status,” CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon said. “But we will need to see the details before we can fully endorse the package. We don’t want to see the money being used by companies like Postmedia to pay off their hedge fund masters or to further line the pockets of top executives, and we have told the government that.” In a shocking and shameless move, Postmedia, which has cut over 3,000 jobs in the last decade, had the gall to give CEO Paul Godfrey and other top executives a [...]
Press release graphic Media union applauds feds’ tough talk on protecting Canadian media, cultural industries - OTTAWA – CWA Canada, the country’s only all-media union, welcomes the federal government’s promise to stand firm on protecting Canada’s cultural industries, including media, in the current NAFTA negotiations. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said yesterday that he would not sign a deal that undermines Canada’s cultural exemption, such as allowing American media conglomerates to buy Canadian news companies. The NAFTA cultural exemption recognizes Canada’s right to protect its culture. “We’re glad to hear the prime minister taking a firm stance on this,” CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon said. “Protecting our media and cultural industries from big profit-driven American companies is critical to our society and our democracy.” “We only need look at what has happened to Postmedia to see how destructive control by foreign investors can be. Even with current laws, an American hedge fund was able to take effective control of our country’s biggest newspaper chain, resulting in the loss of more than 3,000 jobs, the closure of local papers, and leaving our major daily newspapers a shell of their former selves. It’s bad for journalism, bad for communities, and bad for democracy.” While the cultural exemption is reportedly not a major issue in the NAFTA negotiations, it remains [...]
Democracy is cracking and platforms are no help. What can we do about it? Some policy suggestions - CHRISTINE SCHMIDT | Nieman Lab [~] Platforms aren’t efficiently self-regulating. Government officials don’t know how Facebook’s advertising works (or some know it too well). The internet can be a cesspool of spiteful users and malicious bots and yeah, in some places, digital-based communities and positive connections. But what can be done? How about requiring internet companies to be legally liable for the content appearing in their domains? Auditing algorithms regularly and making the results publicly available? Launching a large-scale civic literacy and critical thinking campaign? Giving individuals greater rights over the use, mobility, and monetization of their data? These are some of the suggestions floated in Democracy Divided, a new Canadian report by Public Policy Forum CEO/former Globe and Mail journalist Edward Greenspon and University of British Columbia assistant professor/Columbia Journalism School senior fellow Taylor Owen. The ideas are bold, sure, and maybe a little far-fetched — especially when viewed from the very different regulatory context of the United States — but hey, bold thinking is at least somewhere to start. Read the whole article at NiemanLab.org >>>
VICE reporter Ben Makuch CWA Canada stands with VICE as source protection case goes to Supreme Court - VICE Media’s legal fight with the RCMP over a journalist’s right to protect sources goes before the Supreme Court of Canada today. Standing alongside VICE will be CWA Canada, the only union in a coalition of news outlets and journalist organizations that has been granted intervener status in the case. A production order issued by the Mounties against VICE journalist Ben Makuch to hand over all communications between him and an alleged ISIS fighter was upheld by the Ontario Superior Court and the Ontario Court of Appeal. CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon called the rulings “bad news for journalism and for democracy” and committed the union to continuing the fight to the highest court in the land. “As a media union, we will speak out loudly to protect freedom of expression and the role of a free press as a pillar of democracy,” O’Hanlon said. “Police have an important job to do in protecting us from crime, but they cannot expect journalists to do that job for them. The media is not, nor should it ever be, an arm of the state.” The media union represents workers at VICE’s Canadian news operations through its biggest Local, the Canadian Media Guild. [...]

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18.02.04 John Longhurst – Turning Newspapers Into Charities: A New Model for the Future?
18.03.02 iPolitics.ca – Saving Canadian news media: Senate considers solutions for journalism, local news
18.02.27 iPolitics.ca – Federal budget opens door to non-profit media models
18.02.21 The Canadian Press – Laws must change, politician says after NL man acquitted of FHITP slur
18.01.16 The Conversation – Supreme Court ruling makes need for Competition Act reform urgent

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