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Media Beat: Aug. 09, 2021 | FYIMusicNews – FYI Music News



Half of Canadians believe social media has hurt open debate: Poll

The data also show that many Canadians are concerned about the future of free speech, with 40 per cent saying they suspect it will be harder to speak freely on controversial topics. The new Postmedia-Leger poll surveying Canadians on the state of free speech as the country gears up for an expected federal election found a large majority think that social media companies should be forced to monitor and remove content they consider hateful. – Christopher Nardi, National Post

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Toronto-based Score Media and Gaming sold to Penn National in $2B deal

The deal announced Thursday will bring together Score Media’s popular theScore mobile sports news app, as well as its betting services in four U.S. states, with Penn National’s dozens of gaming and racing properties across 20 states.

The acquisition of Score Media and Gaming adds to Penn National’s holdings in sports media after it bought a 36 per cent stake in Barstool Sports Inc. in 2020. – The Canadian Press

News publishers’ united front against Big Tech has collapsed

What the new deals with Facebook and Google are about is the use of actual newspaper content, even whole articles, in packages the publishers put together themselves, on dedicated services hosted by the platforms. – Andrew Coyne, The Globe and Mail

The pop star versus the playlist

Streaming services’ playlists make it easier for listeners to find music worth playing. But experts say they’re also breaking fans’ relationships with artists.

“Streaming is a great way to make an artist faceless,” says Lucas Keller, the CEO of the entertainment management company Milk & Honey, which manages some of the biggest producers and songwriters working today. His roster has written for artists including BTS, Ariana Grande, and Gwen Stefani — at one point in 2019, 10 of the songs on top 40 were written or produced by Milk & Honey talent.

“The song,” Keller says, “becomes bigger than the artist.”  – Chris Harding, Vox

Tokyo Olympics: By the numbers

News reports suggest that the final cost of hosting the Olympics could balloon up to $28 billion.

According to data from a study by the University of Oxford titled ‘Regression to the Tail: Why the Olympics Blow Up’, most of the earlier editions of the Olympics, for which data is available, have had cost overruns. The highest was 720 per cent for Montreal 1976 and Rio 2016’s overrun was 352 per cent.

The revenue of the Games is expected to total around $6B, including $2.9B from broadcasters. – Annapurani. V & Chennai, Business Line

Canada leaves Tokyo with an 11th place finish

Canadian Music Blog has the medal count for Canada and its international competitors, breaks down who won what, and tracks our standing since our best performance at the 1904 Games in St. Louis.

China’s menacing influence in tech surveillance

A common narrative about the internet in China is that the government built the “Great Firewall” in order to suppress its democratizing potential. Many Western liberals thought free trade would nudge China toward democracy, and that the access to information provided by an open internet would have similar influence. So when China walled off much of its internet from the outside world, it was reasonable to think the government was doing so to squelch dissent and stem the tide of democracy.

But … there was another purpose: the Chinese firewall was also a tool of protectionist industrial policy intended to insulate Chinese tech companies from global competitors, so they could scale first in the Chinese market. In other words, while the desire to control the political activity of their citizens may have been a big part of the Chinese firewall, it also served as a form of industrial protection, allowing Chinese tech companies to become the economic powerhouses they are today. – Taylor Owen, National Post

Paging Mr. Giuliani…

According to a report in Yahoo News, a Russian woman, Ksenia Ovchinnikova of Omsk, has filed a lawsuit against McDonald’s.

Ms. Ovchinnikova, a devout Christian, claims that an ad for McDonald’s cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets was so irresistible, it caused her to break the fast she was on for Lent, in which she was abstaining from all meat and animal products.

The plaintiff claims that McDonald’s broke consumer protection laws and was insulting her religious feelings. “I could not help myself. I visited McDonald’s and bought a cheeseburger,” she said.

Ms. Ovchinnikova is suing McDonald’s for $14. – Bob Hoffman, The Ad Contrarian

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Social Media Buzz: Meng Back in China, U.K. Gas Shortage, Huobi – Bloomberg



What’s buzzing on social media this morning: 

Chinese social media users gave a hero’s welcome to Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co., as she returned to the country three years after her arrest in Canada.

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Media Release – September 25, 2021 – Guelph Police –



Residential Break In

On September 3rd, 2021, between 4pm and 4:49pm, three males with a white SUV were involved in a break in at a residence located near the intersection of Kortright Road East and Gordon Street in the City of Guelph. Entry was gained through an unlocked basement window.

Numerous items were taken including:
-Nikon D90 Camera With 18-200mm Lens (Valued at $1,500)

-Sony A6000 Camera In Black Rectangular Foam Case With Orange Accents (Valued at $1,300)

-99% Pure 312.5g Gold Bar With Chinese Stamped Engraving On The Back (Valued at $22,800)

-Various Chinese Silver Coins (Each valued at $150)
-Louis Vuitton Bag In Azure-Beige-Blue Colour And 25x14x4cm In Dimension (Valued at $900)

-Various Ancient Bronze Chinese Coin Collectables

-Cash In Canadian, American, European And Chinese Currencies
-Various Pieces Of Jewelry
-Various Electronics

The first male is described as:
-Wearing a grey/green shirt, light pants, white shoes and baseball cap
-Carrying a back pack

The second male is described as:
-Wearing a blue sweater, dark grey pants, and white and black shoes
-Carrying a back pack

The third male is described as:
-Wearing black shorts, black hat, white shirt and a reflective vest

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Constable Paul Hinchliffe at 519-824-1212 ext. 7408, email him at, leave an anonymous tip at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit an anonymous tip online at

The Guelph Police Service would like to encourage the public to always ensure that all the doors and windows of your residences are locked.

Stolen Vehicle Investigation

On September 4th, 2021, at 7:23pm, members of the Guelph Police Service High Enforcement Action Team observed an adult female driving a motor vehicle near the intersection of Willow Road and Edinburgh Road North in the City of Guelph without a front licence plate. A traffic stop was initiated.

Further investigation revealed that the licence plate attached to the rear of the vehicle was registered to another vehicle.

At the time of the traffic stop, police were unable to reach the registered owner of the vehicle in order to confirm whether or not the female had permission to be driving it. Ultimately the female was sent on her way and the vehicle was seized.

Prior to the vehicle being towed, an inventory was taken and several items believed to be stolen were located including:
-Financial cards
-Vehicle ownerships
-Various pieces of mail

None of the above mentioned items were in the name of either the female or the registered owner.

Police later made contact with the registered owner who confirmed that the vehicle was stolen.

On September 24th, at 10:32am, police found the female outside a residence located near the intersection of Fife Road and Wellington Street West. She was subsequently arrested.

A 37 year old Guelph female has been charged with:
-Possession Of Stolen Property Over $5,000
-Possession Of Stolen Property Under $5,000
-Occupant Of A Stolen Vehicle
-Unlawfully Possess Credit Card
-Use Plate Not Authorized For Motor Vehicle
-Driver Fail To Surrender Licence

She will appear in court on January 7th, 2022.

Update Regarding Home Invasion Investigation

On the morning of September 16th, 2021, three adult males and an adult female forced their way into an apartment in a residential building located near the intersection of Speedvale Avenue East and Stevenson Street North in the City of Guelph.

An adult male resident was struck with a firearm, and other weapons were brandished during this incident. The male resident and an adult female resident were ultimately able to lock themselves in a room and contact the Guelph Police Service for assistance. The three males and female fled on foot.

The male resident was transported to hospital, treated for his injuries and released.     

Police later located the three males inside another apartment in the building and they were subsequently arrested.

Through investigation, police identified the female involved and a warrant was issued.

This was a targeted incident and there is no concern for public safety. 

A 26 year old Guelph male has been charged with:
-Disguise With Intent
-Break, Enter And Commit Indictable Offence

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing on September 24th.

A 27 year old Guelph male has been charged with:
-Disguise With Intent
-Break, Enter And Commit Indictable Offence
-Use Firearm While Committing Offence
-Possession Of A Weapon For A Dangerous Purpose x2
-Breach Probation
-Fail To Comply With Judicial Release Order

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing on September 24th.

A 33 year old Guelph male has been charged with:
-Disguise With Intent
-Break, Enter And Commit Indictable Offence
-Possession Of Weapon For A Dangerous Purpose
-Fail To Comply With Judicial Release Order

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing on September 29th.

On September 23rd, just before 9:46am, police observed the female as a passenger in a motor vehicle driven by an adult male near the intersection of Wellington Street West and Fife Road. As police began following the vehicle, the male began driving at a high rate of speed, passing vehicles by crossing over the centre line and proceeded to run a red light at a nearby intersection. Shortly after proceeding through the intersection, the vehicle came to a stop due to mechanical issues. A traffic stop was initiated, and the male fled the area on foot.

The female was subsequently arrested.

A search incident to arrest revealed 1.18 grams of Fentanyl.

Further investigation revealed that both the vehicle and the vehicle plates were stolen.

A 30 year old Guelph female has been charged with:
-Disguise With Intent
-Break, Enter And Commit Indictable Offence
-Use Firearm While Committing Offence
-Possession Of Weapon For A Dangerous Purpose
-Assault With A Weapon x2
-Breach Probation
-Fail To Comply With OIC Undertaking
-Possession Of A Controlled Substance – Schedule I
-Possession Of Stolen Property Under $5,000 x2

She was held in custody pending a bail hearing on September 24th.

Please note that police located a second adult female in the vehicle during the traffic stop. She was also subsequently arrested.

A 23 year old Guelph female has been charged with:
-Possession Of Stolen Property Under $5,000 x2

She will appear in court on January 14th, 2022.

Police conducted a search for the male, however he was not located at that time.

On September 24th, at 11:10am police located the male at a nearby residence. He was subsequently arrested.

 A search incident to arrest revealed a small amount of Cocaine.

A 34 year old Guelph male has been charged with:
-Operate Motor Vehicle While Prohibited x6
-Dangerous Operation Of A Motor Vehicle
-Flight From Police Officer
-Red Light – Fail To Stop
-Possession Of Stolen Property Under $5,000 x2
-Possession Of A Controlled Substance – Schedule I
-Breach Probation x2

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing on September 27th.

Bitcoin Scam

On September 24th, 2021, an adult female victim received a phone call and subsequent text messages from an adult female who pretended that she was a government employee. She advised the victim that there was a warrant out for her arrest, due to a parcel that was shipped into Canada in the victim’s name containing illegal items. The victim was told that the only way to have this matter resolved was to send in all her money via a Bitcoin machine.

The female followed the instructions, and between 5:30pm and 5:49pm, deposited $4,900 into a Bitcoin machine in a store located near the intersection of Woolwich Street and Speedvale Avenue West in the City of Guelph.

She contacted the Guelph Police Service when she realized that it was likely a scam.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Constable Mason Melitzer at 519-824-1212 ext. 7278, email him at, leave an anonymous tip at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit an anonymous tip online at

The Guelph Police Service would like to remind the public that no police officer or government official will ever instruct you to deposit money into a Bitcoin machine. Please be very vigilant and cautious whenever you are speaking with someone you don’t know, especially online or over the phone. Please also seek advice from a family member, coworker, trusted friend or the Guelph Police Service at 519-824-1212 before following through on instructions received from a person that you don’t know.

School Zone Traffic Enforcement

On September 24th, 2021, at 8:07am, a member of the Guelph Police Service began conducting school zone traffic enforcement in the area of elementary schools located near the intersection of Willow Road and Westwood Road in the City of Guelph. In just over an hour, a Provincial Offence Notice was issued for disobeying a sign.

The Guelph Police Service would like to encourage the public to slow down and follow all the rules of the road to help ensure everyone arrives to their destination safely.

Calls for Service in the last 24 hours: 256

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South River's SOUNDplay Festival celebrates 20 years of media art –



South River’s Annual SOUNDplay Festival will feature internationally acclaimed and innovative media art as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

It’s an experimental platform for encouraging new avenues of exploration between sound and new media says a news release.

“NAISA’s programming theme of Digital in Nature is explored and expanded upon by the artists in this year’s SOUNDplay Festival with works that examine relations between human and non-human worlds, perceived and invented reality, as well as human-made and organic phenomena,” says Darren Copeland, Artistic Director.

“Like last year, all of the works presented this year include an online element in one form or another, allowing for audiences to attend from wherever they happen to be.”

Featured this year is programming on this year’s theme Digital in Nature with an in-person exhibition by Julia White, as well as online screenings, performances and artist talks with Laurel MacDonald, Phil Strong, Véro Marengère, Tansy Xiao and Ben Donoghue.

WATER Shadows Exhibition by Julia White opens SOUNDplay Festival Sept 26th. It’s an in-person exhibition at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre of sound sculptures by Julia White that celebrates water.  White refers to the audience experience of her exhibitions, “as a ‘water temple’ complex of steel sculptures wrapped in discarded bicycle inner tubes that one moves through, while a unique sound mix is made blending water-recordings.” 

Visitors to the exhibition are invited to participate in WATER Shadows by recording a personal celebration of water that will be shared online as audio in the Web Water Portal.

Starting October 7 on NAISAtube, you can explore a new collection of videos from past NAISA performances from different periods of NAISA’s 20-year history.  A highlight among these is Laurel MacDonald’s and Phil Strong’s impassioned Videovoce performance from 2012, which is also featured on a November 6th online screening along with a new livestream performance by MacDonald called I Eat the Stars, inspired by poems by Rebecca Elson. 

The $10 admission fee is optional.

On November 20 a screening of new media artworks by Tansy Xiao from New York and Véro Marengère from Montréal explores relationships between humans and nature. Tansy Xiao’s Bone and Air is inspired by juxtaposing sounds of bone conduction within the human body and air conduction, receiving sounds via the ears.

The video also invites audience members to add vocal sounds conducted by specific images in the video. Roserade by Véro Marengère is a videomusic work that in Marengère’s words, “is sometimes frenetic and sometimes contemplative, and it proposes a world that deforms without ever completely destroying or building itself.”

From December 6 to 20th, SOUNDplay audiences will have exclusive access to a special online adaptation of the 16mm feature-length film from 2017 by Ben Donoghue called Pierre Radisson: Fjord and Gulf.

The slow observational style of Donoghue’s film places the viewer inside the daily activity and environment of a Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker, providing a window into the invisible labour underpinning the Canadian economy. As Donoghue describes it, “the film brings the deep winter landscapes of coastal Quebec into dialogue with the intensive industrial activity of ore shipments from the mines of the Saguenay – Lac Saint-Jean. The film embraces context, giving duration and breath to the images and sounds of the journey.”  

New Adventures in Sound Art is a non-profit sound art organization in South River that is funded in part by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Department of Canadian Heritage. 

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