The price of regulating what streamers do
Bill C-11 opens that can of worms
A cartoon of the heritage minister saying Cancon discoverability is the only change due for streaming services stirred a Michael Geist critique of Bill C-11, as the Online Streaming Act has signals of increased regulation for independent creators. On the other hand, the average Canadian songwriter only earned $67.14 from streaming services in 2021.
Where the chips are still down
It’s been seven weeks since Loblaw stores stocked new bags from Frito-Lay, which has led to Financial Post reflection on how long this standoff can last, as other snack makers have taken the space. But inflation pressures are inevitable for all, based on Dollarama moving its price ceiling to $5—which has become the kind of cause to run a political campaign about.
Late fees are a thing of the past for everyone at the Toronto Public Library. Their scrapping was proposed last year, after TPL went fine-free for kids. New funding from the city and the library’s foundation are set to compensate for a 1.2% budget gap due to the policy. But the time frame will be shortened for when library users get billed for lost items.
The cases come burning back
Now that the sixth wave of COVID-19 is all but confirmed in Ontario, the free rapid test program has been extended to July, and those who’ve dedicated two years to pandemic tweeting can say they told you so. But the combative Sudbury statistician Ryan Imgrund locked his account after this rhetoric:
Postmedia won’t be left behind in the sports betting content derby. A deal with Covers is designed to ensure that no pre-game story gets read without a click to gamble on it. Torstar’s venture recently hired sportscaster Rod Black as a host, as the race is on ahead of iGaming becoming legal in Ontario on April 4.
Finally, the lovers of @whiteyy18
William White was certified last summer as a TikTok heartthrob, as the landscaper-turned-model from Niagara Falls, Ontario, became known for lip-synching music for cougars. (Barry Manilow’s “Mandy” was his signature.) But the #whiteyynation of fans who mobilized around him started turning on each other: