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Lobby Wrap: Media companies work harder to target new broadcast bill – iPolitics.ca

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Media outlets are ramping up their efforts on Parliament Hill as MPs consider Bill C-10, an act to amend the Broadcasting Act. The proposed legislation was introduced in November and is currently at second reading in the House of Commons.

Quebecor Inc. is seeking support through the Canada Media Fund to discuss policies such as those relating to conventional and specialty television. Quebecor has hired Garry Keller of StrategyCorp Inc. in this effort.

Torstar Corporation is requesting a review of the government’s advertising to ensure that the “buy Canadian” percentage is level with overall procurement. Torstar is advocating for an Australian model of fair content compensation, and wants to discuss making digital subscriptions income-tax deductible, as well as the Canadian Journalism Fund.

Disclaimer: iPolitics is owned by Torstar.

Corus Entertainment Inc. has hired Crestview Strategy’s Ashton Arsenault to advocate building a competitive landscape for Canadian media companies. Corus is also seeking discussions on the financial impacts of COVID-19 on the broadcasting industry.

LAST WEEK: Lobby Wrap: Former Morneau aide wins temporary exemption under Lobbying Act to help with OECD bid

As Ontario braces for additional lockdowns during the second wave of COVID-19, the North American Strategy for Competitiveness is pushing recommendations to ease COVID-19 border restrictions.

The highlights

Multiple registrations

Four client organizations had double registrations this week: One Girl Can, Les Éleveurs de porcs du Québec, iENSO, and Canadian Bankers Association.

Registrant Companies: Global Public Affairs had the most registrations with a total of five. Crestview Strategy, Inc. was next with four, then StrategyCorp Inc., with three. Earnscliffe Strategy Group and Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP each had two registrations.

Lobbyists: Ted Gruetzner and Desiree Godin were the only two lobbyists with two registrations this week.

In recent agriculture/trade registrants:

The North American Strategy for Competitiveness appeared for the first time on the Lobby Registry this week, registered by unaffiliated consultant Jennifer Fox. The organization is lobbying the government to consider its recommendations on easing COVID-related border restrictions and is looking to discuss ways to address a potential backlog in commercial driver Free and Secure Trade (FAST) card holders.

Les Éleveurs de porcs du Québec was registered by consultant Sébastien Pagé and internal lobbyist David Vincent to engage with government on agricultural policy regarding income support, import/export inspection standards for pork, and the terms of the Advance Payments Program for the pork sector.

Other: Teck Resources Limited, Lego Systems Inc., 9424-7525 Québec Inc., CGC Inc.

In recent arts/culture/copyright registrants:

Lyric licensing and data services company LyricFind has enlisted the help of Proof Strategies Inc’s James Patrick to seek Canadian Heritage Creative Export Canada fund support.

Tara Mazurk of Global Public Affairs has registered for the Festival Players of Prince Edward County to seek government funding for infrastructure through Canadian Heritage and Infrastructure Canada.

In recent defence/security registrants:

David Pratt of David Pratt & Associates registered for MD Charlton Company Limited, which distributes law enforcement and military equipment such as the SIG Sauer pistol. The company is seeking procurement opportunities with security agencies such as the Department of National Defence and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Other: IMP Group

In recent energy/environment/climate registrants:

Mitigokka Development Corp wants to discuss the potential to reduce GHG emissions and increase energy autonomy in remote First Nations by moving to replace diesel power with locally-sourced biomass energy production. Independent consultant Jonathan Espie is lobbying for the corporation.

Other: Renewable Industries Canada, Real Jobs, Real Recovery Coalition

In recent health registrants:

Soricimed Biopharma Inc. appeared on the Lobby Registry for the first time this week, registered by Yash Dogra of NATIONAL Public Relations. The Moncton, New Brunswick-based company is looking to engage with government regarding its development of targeted cancer therapeutics and progress toward commercialization for their expanded use.

Working through internal lobbyists, Siemens Healthcare Limited is engaging with Health Canada (HC) and Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) to discuss the supply of COVID-19 testing solutions.

Red Light Holland is looking to receive an exemption for controlled substances use as part of clinical studies. Summer Senter of Wellington-Dupont Public Affairs is lobbying for the company.

Other: ST Innovations, Health Charities Coalition of Canada, TechniTextile Québec.

In recent tech/telecommunications registrants:

Artificial intelligence is the focus of subject matter details in iENSO’s registrations by John Duffy and Conal Slobodin of StrategyCorp Inc. The company is seeking to engage with government on economic development policy innovation and funding for AI applications and manufacturing.

Google Cloud Canada Corporation was registered by Brian Klunder of Temple Scott Associates Inc. to engage with government regarding its COVID-19 response measures.

Other: Dynatrace Corporation of Canada Ltd., HiFidelity Networks Inc.

Of note:

The Canadian Bankers Association was registered by Paul Belanger and Jeff W. Galway of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. The association is looking to engage with Finance Canada (FIN) and the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) regarding the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada Compliance Framework – including how its application and enforcement as well as other existing law would affect a legislative change it is proposing.

Junior Achievement Canada is advocating for funding increases to expand its free digital education and mentorship to students, working through Jackie Choquette of Crestview Strategies.

Other: One Girl Can, Key Living Corporation, Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans, 9340-5074 Quebec inc, 12118124 Canada Inc.

Communication reports

There were 2500 communications reports in the period covered, with 3992 communications, including older communications from the Canola Council of Canada: One from September 2011 and one from October 2019.

Most active client organizations

Chicken Farmers of Canada: 104 communications, in-house staff

The Mining Association of Canada: 86 communications, in-house staff

Cystic Fibrosis Canada: 82 communications, in-house staff

IBM Canada: 56 communications, in-house staff and paid lobbyist

Wine Growers Canada: 52 communications, in-house staff and paid lobbyist

Most active paid lobbyists

Bilal Cheema for four clients, 38 communications

John Delacourt for four clients, 31 communications

Roberto Chávez for five clients, 18 communications

Elizabeth Thompson for one client, 16 communications

Most lobbied public office holders:

Parvinder Sachdeva: Director of appointments to the minister of innovation, science and industry, 31 communications

Maxence Bernier: senior policy adviser to the minister of Canadian Heritage, 26 communications

Bud Sambasivam: senior policy adviser, Finance Canada, 26 communications

Tracy Gray: MP, 25 communications

Michael Ingoldsby: policy adviser to the minister of finance, 22 communications

Most lobbied government institutions

House of Commons, 1554

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, 335

Finance Canada, 179

Global Affairs Canada, 165

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 152

Most lobbied subject matters

Health, 481

Agriculture, 409

Environment, 314

Economic Development, 223

Energy, 194

With files from Marguerite Marlin

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Indonesia to deport Russian social media star who held party – Delta-Optimist

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DENPASAR, Indonesia — A Russian social media celebrity was being deported from Indonesia on Sunday after he held a party at a luxury hotel on the resort island of Bali attended by more than 50 people despite coronavirus restrictions.

The party held on Jan. 11 violated health protocols put in place to fight the spread of the virus, said Jamaruli Manihuruk, chief of the Bali regional office for the Ministry of Law and Human Rights.

Sergei Kosenko, who has more than 4.9 million followers on his Instagram account, arrived in Indonesia in October on a tourist visa.

Immigration officials in Bali decided to examine Kosenko’s activities after he posted to social media a video of him driving a motorcycle with a female passenger on the back off a pier into the sea in December. The stunt was condemned by many Indonesians as reckless and a potentially hazardous to the environment.

Manihuruk said the immigration investigation found Kosenko took part in activities that violated his tourist visa, such as promoting companies and products.

After the announcement of his deportation, Kosenko told reporters at the immigration office in Bali that he was sorry.

“I love Bali. I am sorry and I apologize,” Kosenko said.

The deportation comes just days after Indonesia deported an American woman who had been living on Bali over her viral tweets that celebrated the island as a low-cost, “queer-friendly” place for foreigners to live. Her posts were considered to have “disseminated information disturbing to the public,” which was the basis for her deportation.

Indonesia has temporarily restricted foreigners from coming to the country since Jan. 1 to control the spread of COVID-19, and public activities have been restricted on Java and Bali islands.

Bali regional office for the Ministry of Law and Human Rights recorded 162 foreigners have been deported from Bali in 2020 and 2021. Most of them are being deported for violating the visit visa.

Firdia Lisnawati, The Associated Press

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China rescues first person from Shandong gold mine: state media – The Guardian

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By Dominique Patton

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese rescuers pulled 11 gold miners to safety on Sunday, 14 days after they were trapped by an underground explosion, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Footage showed the first miner to be rescued, a black blindfold across his eyes, being lifted out of a mine shaft in the morning.

The miner was extremely weak, CCTV said on its Weibo site. Rescue workers wrapped the barely responsive man in a blanket before taking him to hospital by ambulance.

Over the next few hours, 10 miners from a different section of the mine, who had been receiving food and supplies from rescue workers last week, were brought out in batches.

One was injured but several of the others were shown walking, supported by rescue workers and wearing black cloth over their eyes, before leaving the site in ambulances.

Twenty-two workers were trapped about 600 metres (2,000 feet) underground in the Hushan mine by the Jan. 10 blast in Qixia, a major gold-producing region under the administration of Yantai in coastal Shandong province.

One miner has died.

Officials said on Thursday it could take another two weeks to clear “severe blockages” before they could drill shafts to reach the group of 10 who had been receiving supplies of food from the rescue team.

State media said earlier however that the more than 600 rescuers on site were hoping to reach the men in the mine’s fifth section on Sunday.

The men were said to be in good physical condition and had been receiving normal food since Saturday, after several days of living off nutrient solutions, according to Xinhua.

Interactive graphic of mine rescue: https://graphics.reuters.com/CHINA-ACCIDENT/MINE/xklvylmnbpg/index.html

Graphic: Explosion in a gold mine in northern China’s Shandong province https://graphics.reuters.com/CHINA-ACCIDENT/MINE/yxmpjynakvr/CHINA-MINE.jpg

(Reporting by Dominique Patton; Editing by Tom Hogue, Robert Birsel and Wiliam Mallard)

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China rescues first person from Shandong gold mine: state media – TheChronicleHerald.ca

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BEIJING (Reuters) – A gold miner was rescued in northern China on Sunday morning and rushed to hospital for treatment, state broadcaster CCTV reported, with footage showing the exhausted miner, a black blindfold across his eyes, being lifted out of a mine shaft.

The miner was “extremely weak”, CCTV said on its Weibo site. Rescue workers wrapped the barely responsive man – who had been trapped 14 days after a mine explosion – in a blanket before taking him away in an ambulance.

Twenty-two workers were trapped in the Hushan mine by the Jan. 10 blast in Qixia, a major gold-producing region under the administration of Yantai in coastal Shandong province.

One miner has died and 11 have not been in contact with rescue teams, according to a Xinhua report from last week.

The rescued miner was found in a different section of the mine from a group of 10 men who have been receiving supplies of food. Officials said on Thursday it could take another two weeks to clear “severe blockages” before they could drill shafts to reach the 10 men.

The People’s Daily reported on its news app, however, that rescuers were hoping to reach the 10 men in the mine’s 5th section on Sunday, citing the military.

Graphic: Explosion in a gold mine in northern China’s Shandong province https://graphics.reuters.com/CHINA-ACCIDENT/MINE/yxmpjynakvr/CHINA-MINE.jpg

(Reporting by Dominique Patton; Editing by Tom Hogue)

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