Canadian newspapers might be in decline, but they are still the largest source of journalism in this country.
Ottawa extends financial lifeline to newspapers, journalism - Many of the country’s newspapers were pulled back from the brink with today’s announcement that federal wage subsidies will be extended to all businesses regardless of size. CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon had on Friday issued an urgent appeal to Ottawa to provide immediate financial aid to the news industry. He asked that publishers be eligible for the same measures offered to small- and medium-size businesses. “This is a huge announcement which, combined with government ad buys, should ease the crisis for news companies and provide financial stability for workers,” O’Hanlon said today. “We thank the government for listening and we urge all companies that have laid off workers or cut hours to restore full operations. At a time like this, it is vital that we have more news coverage, not less.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in his daily briefing this morning that any company, including non-profits, whose revenues were down by at least 30 per cent would qualify for the 75-per-cent wage subsidy. This would be paid on the first $58,700 of salary, up to $847 a week, and would be backdated to March 15. He urged companies to make up the other 25 per cent. The measure [...] Private Canadian media outlets facing extinction, journalism advocate warns - Daniel Bernhard is Executive Director of FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting, a citizen’s movement that is not affiliated with any broadcaster or political party. FRIENDS defends Canadian culture and democracy, and advocates for fearless journalism and a strong CBC, whose thousands of workers are represented by the Canadian Media Guild (CWA Canada Local 30213). News industry needs federal help right now: CWA Canada - CWA Canada has issued an urgent appeal to the federal government to provide immediate financial aid to the news industry, which is being devastated by the COVID-19 crisis. The media union’s president, Martin O’Hanlon, in a letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault, asked that they “make news companies eligible for the same measures announced today for small- and medium-sized businesses, or that you allow them to immediately access the labour tax credits under the $595-million journalism support fund. We emphasize that this eligibility should include The Canadian Press, given its crucial role providing news to Canadians from coast to coast to coast.” “It is vital that this money begin to flow in a matter of days, not weeks or months,” O’Hanlon wrote. “It is not hyperbole to state that the survival of some companies hangs in the balance. Ad revenue has plummeted more than two thirds and newspaper publishers in Quebec and Atlantic Canada have laid off hundreds of workers and cut wages and hours for others. More publishers across the country will undoubtedly follow suit very soon without help.” Noting that CWA Canada represents 6,000 workers at media outlets and newspapers across the country, [...] CWA Canada says more, urgent support needed for media during health crisis - CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon welcomed today’s news that Ottawa will direct $30-million in COVID-19 ad spending to Canadian media in order to support journalism during the pandemic, but said more needs to be done urgently. “Many of our employers are reporting that ad sales have dropped by over 80 per cent, and some have announced major temporary layoffs,” O’Hanlon said. “This is hurting news coverage in communities already woefully underserviced. At a time of crisis like this, we need more local news, not less.” “We need the government to allow immediate access to at least some of the $595-million media bailout fund.” Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault announced on Twitter that the independent panel that will decide who qualifies for the bailout money “is now in place. It’s job: find the best way to help our newspapers through our tax system.” He gave no indication of when any of that funding would appear. The Canadian Press reported that the “measures were widely criticized as too little to make a real difference.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during his morning press briefing that Guilbeault would provide details of the “new measures” the federal government would take to keep journalists working and reporting on the COVID-19 crisis. “Right now, [...] CWA Canada stands up for workers amid SaltWire layoffs - CWA Canada says it will ensure that collective agreements and workers rights are respected as SaltWire Network announces plans to temporarily lay off 250 staff amid the COVID-19 crisis. SaltWire, which publishes five daily and about 20 weekly newspapers in Atlantic Canada, said 40 per cent of staff will be laid off for 12 weeks starting tomorrow. The remainder will have their hours of work cut. The union is waiting for more details and will ensure that the company follows the layoff provisions of the collective agreements, said CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon. “We understand how serious the situation is and we want to work constructively with the company to get through this crisis, but we must ensure that workers are treated fairly,” O’Hanlon said. “We are also pushing SaltWire to do something for sales staff who are on 100-per-cent commission and are making very little money now as sales plummet.” The Halifax Typographical Union (CWA Canada Local 30130) represents workers at The Chronicle Herald, and the Sydney Typographical Union (CWA Canada Local 30460) represents workers at The Cape Breton Post. Alberta Newspapers Group has cut hours for staff at the Medicine Hat News and the union is seeking more [...]
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