The advocacy body for the news media industry is lobbying the feds on copyrights and remuneration rights for news media organizations.
Erin Finlay of Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP registered last week for News Media Canada to lobby on those provisions in the Copyright Act.
News Media Canada has been vocal in its call for more robust supports from Ottawa to help the industry weather the COVID-19 pandemic and address longer term structural issues, as more and more media outlets move away from a reliance on advertising to subscription-based models.
Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault announced in April that the feds were rolling out new measures to help shore up the media sector during the COVID-19-induced economic slowdown, including putting in place some $595 million in long-promised tax measures and vowing to invest money from the government’s $33-million national pandemic awareness campaign in Canadian media outlets.
Industry representatives, though, said the tax supports are simply rehashed policy announcements from 2018, and that access to meaningful funding is desperately needed to help the sector move to a sustainable business model.
“The industry is really going to run out of cash very soon,” John Hinds, CEO of newspaper advocacy group News Media Canada, said at the time.
Collectively, there were 25 new registrations last week, a significant drop from the totals seen in recent weeks. Only Dan Pfeffer of Public Affairs Advisors made more than a single new registration (he had two). Only 12 lobby companies had new registrations, with Public Affairs Advisors (and their Quebec division PAA Public Affairs Advisors) dominating with five.
All consultant lobbyists and most in-house lobbyists (those lobbying for the company they work for) must register with the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying if they are lobbying public office holders. They must also submit monthly reports (known as communication reports) detailing all lobbying communications with designated public office holders.
In recent agriculture registrations:
Henry Boyd and Rebecca Grundy of Stosic & Associates registered to lobby for Lune Rise Farms about cannabis licensing and obtaining some program funding.
One of Dan Pfeffer’s two registrations was for the Canola Council of Canada. He’s lobbying for them about increasing the amount of biofuel allowed in diesel. Last year, the Council received just over $3 million in federal funding. The second of Pfeffer’s registrations was for the U.S. Grains Council, which also wants to increase the use of ethanol. Last year, that Council received over $11 million in U.S. federal funding.
In recent COVID-19 registrations:
Jackie LaRocque of Compass Rose registered for the Northwestern Ontario Air Carriers Association for small business support due to the pandemic.
James Farrar of Take it Up Consulting registered for St. Helen’s Meat Packers Ltd. He’ll communicate with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada about the Emergency Processing Fund.
Michael Wood, owner of Ottawa Special Events, registered to talk to government about various pandemic relief packages. The Ottawa company rents event equipment.
Brian Topp, the former NDP strategist, registered for the Canadian Media Producers Association about C-17, one of the COVID-19 relief bills, and the eligibility requirements as they relate to film and television producers. CMPA represents independent producers in Canada.
Christopher Froggatt and Kenzie McKeegan registered for Gateway Casinos and Entertainment as the company seeks relief money.
Stewart Muir of Resource Works Society registered for Real Jobs, Real Recovery Coalition to promote support for the resource sector as part of pandemic recovery planning. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers is one of the best-known groups in this coalition.
Crestview’s Andrew Brander registered for Metro, the grocery store chain, to lobby on how its been recognizing the hard-work of its employees during the pandemic and to highlights its COVID-19 safety measures. Executives from Metro have been called to testify before a House committee along with other major grocery chains who have recently rolled back pandemic pay to its employees.
Felix Wong of Public Affairs Advisor registered for Stergenics International LLC to look for funding opportunities in the health care supply chain as a result of COVID-19.
In recent procurement registrations:
Paul Tye registered for Chief Defence Contractors, who want the government to honour a policy for five per cent procurement from Indigenous businesses. Tye is with Sussex Strategy Group.
In recent tourism registrations:
Latitia Scarr of Public Affairs Advisors registered for Sonder USA to talk about tourism and Canada as a destination. Canada’s border with the U.S. is currently closed until the end of July and mandatory quarantine regulations are in place until the end of August. Sonder is a short-term accommodation rental company that, unlike AirBnB, owns the properties they rent.
Philip Cartwright of Global Public Affairs registered for the Koch Companies Public Sector LLC, owned by controversial U.S. conservative activists, the Koch brothers. The registration delineates plans to lobby on “environmental policy as per the work of the CSA B620 Committee.” Cartwright will lobby the House of Commons and Transport Canada. This committee is updating the regulations for highway tanks and portable tanks used in transportation.
Alex Chreston of Crestview Strategy registered for Junior Achievement to look for funding for digital education and mentorship and to help young people develop job skills. Chreston registered to lobby half a dozen departments, parliamentarians and the Prime Minister’s Office.
There were 182 communications reports filed last week.
Most active client organizations:
- Canadian Steel Producers Association, by in-house staff, 26
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce, by in-house staff, 18
- Railway Association of Canada, by in-house staff, 15
- Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, by in-house staff, 14
- Husky Oil Operations Ltd, by in-house staff, 13
Most active paid lobbyists:
- Natasha Morano, for one client, 8
- Isabel Metcalfe, for two clients, 5
- Eric Miller, for one client, 5
- Lisa Kirbie, for two clients, 4
- Robert Thibault, for one client, 3
- Regan Watts, for three clients, 3
- David Valentin, for one client, 3
Most lobbied public office holders:
- Vincent Garneau, policy director to deputy prime minister, 5
- Natacha Engel, senior policy advisor to minister of international trade, 5
- Timothy Gardiner, senior director in offshore petroleum division, 4
- Olga Radchenko, policy director to minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, 4
- Marc Garneau, minister of transport, 4
- Jay Khosla, assistant deputy minister at Natural Resources, 4
Most lobbied government institutions:
- House of Commons, 56
- Natural Resources Canada, 22
- Global Affairs Canada, 16
- Innovation, Science and Economic Development, 12
- Transport Canada, 9
Most lobbied subjects, based on the first two subjects listed on each filing:
- Industry, 40
- Energy, 25
- Employment and training, 21
- Infrastructure, 20
- Health, 18
With files from Kirsten Smith and Rachel Emmanuel
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After issuing social media plea, Saint John, N.B., woman still waiting for live kidney donor – Globalnews.ca
A Saint John woman who made a social media plea last year for someone to donate a kidney to her is still waiting and hoping.
Kara Phinney was born with small kidneys. She said her health has been pretty good since childhood, despite numerous medical appointments and constant bloodwork.
“I’m working two jobs, so, I mean, I’m doing okay,” said the 26-year-old.
“You have your good and bad days.”
A bad day can include extreme fatigue, among other things.
Phinney has been on home dialysis for more than year. It runs nine hours per day. She said she does it at night and sleeps through the majority of it, but it does wake her up if she inadvertently rolls over on the tubing.
Phinney’s mother, Patti, went through a lengthy testing process to become a potential donor for her daughter, but was rejected.
“All in all it was quite a disappointment, thinking you’re going to give her this gift and it’s not going to happen,” Patti Phinney said.
“And then, you know, what’s the next phase?”
Just over a year ago, Kara posted a plea on Facebook asking for someone to donate a kidney to her. She said it was shared thousands of times, and got another round of shares when it popped up as a memory on her profile.
She said she turned to social media to help raise awareness about the need for donations, both for herself and others.
“I don’t really tell people about it,” Kara said of her condition.
“A lot of people found out from it because you don’t really see that I’m sick. It looks like everything is fine, but it’s not.”
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Interim Health Services Manager of the Multi-Organ Transplant Program (MOTP) of Atlantic Canada Shelby Kennedy said social media is becoming a more common way for people seeking organs to try to find someone willing to make a live donation.
However, she cautioned that some posts include too much personal information, which could be misused.
Kennedy said she sees merit in the use of social media, but stressed that it needs to be done safely.
“So we’re trying to work with recipient and donor sides to make that more of an option if that’s the route that you choose to go to try to get a transplant,” Kennedy said.
“We’ve seen some successes across Canada with those, but we have not seen it happen here in Atlantic Canada.”
MOTP performs all transplants for Atlantic Canadians in Halifax. Kennedy said there have been nine kidney transplants on New Brunswick residents in 2020, including two live donations.
She admits that’s about half the usual figure for this time of year, but the numbers were impacted by COVID-19-related cancellations of all transplants for more than six weeks.
The Phinneys are hopeful New Brunswick follows Nova Scotia’s lead in enacting a presumed consent law, which will require people to opt out of donating organs, rather than opting in.
That Nova Scotia law comes into effect in January.
“I think it’s going to help a lot of people,” Kara said.
“I think it’s fantastic,” said Patti. “And I think they’re going to have to encourage doctors and specialists to come to Halifax to be able to perform (these surgeries).”
Kara’s brother-in-law is now being tested to see if he could donate to her. He went through testing once before, but the tests expired and had to be redone.
As she seeks a live donor, Kara is not on the wait list for a kidney from a deceased person. She said people on the wait list have to drop everything and rush to the hospital once they get the call that a kidney is available for them.
As long as she stays reasonably healthy, she said, she’ll continue to aim for a live donor.
“You get stressful some days,” she said. “I think if you overthink about it, is when it gets a little more stressful and frustrating.
“And it is frustrating, you know. It’s a wait.”
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Packed, Maskless Great White Show Reminds Social Media of Band’s Tragic Concert Past – Variety
Unsafe concert conditions seem to know no genre boundaries in the mid-pandemic era. Two weekends ago, it was country artists Chase Rice and Chris Janson stirring outrage when they proudly posted videos of themselves playing to packed crowds of fans with no masks in sight. Last weekend, it was hip-hop star DaBaby in the hot seat for playing a show in a large, packed nightclub where his unmasked female fans were literally reaching out and grabbing him.
Now the attention has turned to veteran hard-rock band Great White, which performed an outdoor show Thursday night for a general admission audience in North Dakota, many of whom posted videos giving no indication of even a single mask in the crowd, with fans jammed together, and even shirtless in some instances.
As the lack of protocols at the show came up for scorn on social media, it was not lost on many commenters that, if there is any band that might want to avoid being mentioned in the same breath as “unsafe concert conditions,” it’s Great White,
“Great White doing a precaution-free concert right now is like if Great White were to do a precaution-free concert right now,” jabbed writer Evie Nagy — one of countless references Twitter users made to the 2003 tragedy in which 100 people were killed and 230 more injured in a pyrotechnic-related fire at a Great White show in Rhode Island.
In the tradition of Rice and Janson posting photos and videos of their caution-to-the-wind packed crowds, it was Great White singer Mitch Malloy himself who posted the most circulated video from the show.
Late Saturday night, the group issued a statement that emphasized that emphasized that the show went well while saying they consider themselves “far from perfect” and offering an apology “to those who disagree with our decision to fulfill our contractual agreement.”
“We understand that there are some people who are upset that we performed this show, during this trying time,” the group said. “We assure you that we worked with the Promoter. North Dakota’s government recommends masks be worn, however, we are not in a position to enforce the laws. We have had the luxury of hindsight and we would like to apologize to those who disagree with our decision to fulfill our contractual agreement. The Promoter and staff were nothing but professional and assured us of the safety precautions. Our intent was simply to perform our gig, outside, in a welcoming, small town. We value the health and safety of each and every one of our fans, as well as our American and global community. We are far from perfect.”
The group’s statement did not specify what safety precautions the promoter assured them about.
One difference between the show performed by Great White in North Dakota and the controversial gigs by Rice, Janson and DaBaby is that there wasn’t even the promise of social distancing Thursday, as organizers said ahead of time that none would be enforced or even encouraged.
“We do not have restrictions, believe it or not, we don’t have any,” event coordinator April Getz told the local Dickinson Press in touting the city’s “First On First: Dickinson Summer Nights” programming last month. (Grand White was the only act of national renown announced for the series.) ““I guess it’s one of the first events this year that didn’t get canceled and was approved by the city; we’re all very, very excited about it… It’s one of those things where if people feel comfortable coming down and mixing and mingling, that’s their personal choice. We’re leaving it up to everybody that chooses to attend.”
Although they were in the minority, there were some on social media defending Dickinson’s and the band’s right to put on shows with no coronavirus-related restrictions and fans’ right to attend.
“People are INSANE about masks right now,” wrote one Twitter user. “People are actually looking for pictures around the country of people not wearing masks to get pissed about. If you’re mad people in North Dakota at a Great White concert aren’t wearing masks, get out of the house and get a hobby.”
The version of the band that played Thursday in North Dakota has three members who have been with the group since the 1980s, along with lead singer Mitch Malloy, who joined in 2018. It is not to be confused with “Jack Russell’s Great White,” a spinoff group started by original singer Russell in 2011.
Russell is probably hoping no one associates him with this version of Great White or the North Dakota show, judging from recent omments he made strongly favoring the use of masks.
“There’s no need to be out [in public places],” Russell said in an interview with Austria’s Mulatschag that was found and publicized by Blabbermouth. “People don’t take it seriously — they don’t take the virus seriously. It’s sad. …It’s no small wonder that when you open all these places up, ‘Gee, the numbers [of coronavirus cases] rose up.’ It’s, like, what did you think was gonna happen? It’s, like, ‘I took my mask off and I got COVID.’ Well, what a big surprise that is.” Russell added, “If you don’t wanna help yourself, help everybody else. ‘Well, it’s my right. It’s my human right.’ Well, look, dude, you’ve gotta pay for your car to get smogged, you’ve gotta have a seat belt, you have a driver’s license, you have to have a license to be born, you have to have a marriage license. I mean, so you have to wear a mask for a while so you don’t die. What’s the problem?”
The version of Great White fronted by Malloy doesn’t have any other dates listed on its tour schedule before August 7, when it is booked for Riverfest FM in Fort Madison, Iowa, billed as “Southeast Iowa’s largest rock and roll festival.” That five-day festival in four weeks is “absolutely happening,” according to posts on the fest’s Facebook page. “With all of the uncertainty, it would have been easy to throw in the towel on this year,” Riverfest said, “but we firmly believe that ‘If we rock it, they will come’ and boy, do we have a line-up that is prepared to do just that!”
North Dakota has not been ravaged by COVID-19 as much as other states have, largely by virtue of a mostly rural population. Nonetheless, the state has seen rapid recent upticks. As of Saturday, North Dakota’s Department of Health reported 623 active cases, double the number from just 10 days earlier. Ninety of those cases were being newly reported Saturday. Earlier in the week, the state’s total case count was reported at 4,070.
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