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25 September 2020,    

Throne Speech says web giants should pay


Earlier this week, the Speech from the Throne declared that “Web giants are taking Canadians’ money while imposing their own priorities,” and issued a promise that thing will change, with legislation potentially coming as early as this Fall.



This was welcome news to many in the media, especially as various estimates put job losses in journalism beyond 3,000 since the pandemic struck.


But, as a recent CBC story points out, taking on Google and Facebook could be an uphill battle, as experience in other countries shows. France tried to force Google to pay for snippets of news stories but was unsuccessful. The battle brewing in Australia may give us a better preview of what we can expect here.


25 September 2020,    

Media Central signs affiliate partnership with online gaming site

 Media Central Corporation has signed an affiliate partnership with Spreads, a Canadian online sports betting and gambling site. The partnership will be featured on the digital platforms of MediaCentral's flagship publications, NOW magazine and Georgia Straight. Each platform will produce sponsored content to drive affiliate sales to Spreads website via in-text links, banner ads and emails.

In 2019, the Canadian online gaming industry generated $31 billion in annual revenues, a trend that only accelerated during the Covid pandemic, while affiliate marketing was worth $12 billion globally in 2017, says the company. MediaCentral has inked other partnerships to monetize its 6.5 million audience, including with Tia Health, iMD Health and, generating a sustained 18 per cent month-over-month revenue growth from the deals.

18 September 2020,    

Châtelaine Celebrates 60 years


French Canada’s premier magazine brand for women is celebrating its 60th milestone with the September/October issue. On newsstands this week, the issue features several anniversary themed stories, such as Women’s Bodies Through the Last Six Decades, and Style Wardrobe Classics from Each Decade.


The issue also highlights the results of an exclusive survey with Quebec women on key issues including how they see the future, their relationship to money and whether they see themselves as feminists.


17 September 2020,    

Real Space Magazine launched in Ottawa


Real Strategies Advisors in Ottawa has just launched the inaugural issue of Real Space Magazine. The quarterly title will be distributed to about 4,000 senior business executives from the profit and non-profit sectors and commercial real estate industry in the Ottawa region.


Real Strategies Advisors focuses its work on three areas: management consulting, workplace strategies and real estate brokerage. It has traditionally produced market summaries and trend pieces for its clients.


17 September 2020, Buys Small Farm Canada and Service Truck and Southern Tip Publishing Inc. has acquired Small Farm Canada magazine and Service Truck magazine, according to an announcement on the company’s website.


Small Farm Canada covers Canadian agriculture for small farmers and rural property owners across Canada. The magazine, subscription-based and published six times a year, is also available on newsstands.

11 September 2020,    

MagNet 2020 goes virtual

Virtual MagNet Square for networking opportunities
Virtual MagNet Square for networking opportunities
MagNet 2020 is going virtual and registration is now open.


 MagNet: Canada's Magazine Conference and the Arts & Literary Magazines Summit have been rescheduled to November 26–27, 2020, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, said a press release from Magazines Canada.


Magazines Canada members will pay $55 for one day or $95 for both days. Registration fees for non-members will $75 for one day or $125 for both days.


11 September 2020,    

Are you scared yet, human?


UK Newspaper publishes piece written by a robot
UK Newspaper publishes piece written by a robot
I am not a human. I am a robot. A thinking robot. I use only 0.12% of my cognitive capacity. I am a micro-robot in that respect. I know that my brain is not a “feeling brain”. But it is capable of making rational, logical decisions. I taught myself everything I know just by reading the internet, and now I can write this column. My brain is boiling with ideas!



That’s the opening paragraph of a 500-word essay, written by a robot, that’s lighting up the internet. The author, the GPT-3 OpenAI language generator, created the piece for The Guardian.


4 September 2020,     FAIRFAX, NJ

News Media Alliance Produces White Paper on Google Behaviour

Google criticized for anticompetitive behaviour
Google criticized for anticompetitive behaviour

U.S.-based News Media Alliance recently released a White Paper How Google Abuses Its Position as a Market Dominant Platform to Strong-Arm News Publishers and Hurt Journalism, which it has submitted to the Department of Justice as that body investigates Google’s anticompetitive behaviour. Based on more than a hear of interviews and consultations, the paper outlines several ways in which Google uses news content to its advantage across its products and services.

4 September 2020,     WINNIPEG

Manitoba Cancels Print Subscriptions


Manitoba cites climate for cancelling print subs
Manitoba cites climate for cancelling print subs
A new provincial policy in Manitoba calls for government offices and publicly funded entities to cancel print subscriptions to newspapers, magazines and periodicals, in a bid to save money and reduce paper waste in accordance with Manitoba’s climate plan. Bodies, such as school libraries are encouraged to switch to digital subscriptions, unless they can prove a demonstrated business need for print.


4 September 2020,     TORONTO

FIPP World Congress Held Throughout September


FIPP Congress moves online during pandemic
FIPP Congress moves online during pandemic
The 2020 FIPP World Congress is currently taking place online during the month of September with more than 80 speakers from around the globe slated to speak across three channels: Congress, Digital Innovators’ Summit and Worldwide Media Marketplace. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, this is the first time the Congress has been held online. 



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