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Good morning,

I recently traveled to Austin, Texas for a conference for digital local news publishers who cover issues important to underserved and underrepresented communities. It was great meeting other publishers from across Canada and the US. Austinites are well-mannered, hip, and laid-back. Downtown Austin comes alive at night with its vibrant live music scene.

Bill C11: The online streaming bill is now being discussed in the Senate, which would modernize Canada's broadcast law to include platforms like Netflix, YouTube, Spotify and TikTok. It would require platforms and streaming movie studios to promote certified Canadian content and give the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) broadcast regulator "the power to micro-regulate” content on their platforms in Canada.

Canadian TikTok and YouTube creators don't want to complete forms to prove their content is Canadian. Some creators say they may move to the U.S. or spoof an online location there to skip the extra required paperwork. Under the current law, the CRTC requires producers of films and TV programs with video over five minutes to fill out an onerous 30-page form to certify their work is Canadian.

Film event: American documentary filmmaker and director, Shalini Kantayya, will be in Toronto to screen her film, TikTok Boom (Trailer here) followed by a conversation. The film delves into the platform along myriad cross-sections—algorithmic, socio-political, economic, and cultural—to explore the impact of the history-making app.

The in-person screening is hosted by the Univerity of Toronto Rotman School of Management on Wed, 30 November 2022, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST. Ticket information is here. If you want to watch the film online, PBS is currently screening the documentary film for free here.

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"At a time when Canada needs to inspire innovation and adaptation to have its creative and other industries flourish, Bill C-11 seeks to stuff the infinite opportunities of the internet into an Act designed for a world of limited resources and scarce opportunity."

Peter Menzies, Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute, former newspaper executive past vice chair of the CRTC