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Media Beat: October 21, 2021 | FYIMusicNews – FYI Music News



Rogers boardroom rift deepens as Edward Rogers faces resistance in bid to overhaul telecom giant’s leadership

Independent directors at Rogers Communications Inc. are pushing back against attempts by chair Edward Rogers to overhaul the telecom and media giant’s leadership, and the company’s family trust will hold an emergency meeting to consider limiting Mr. Rogers’s ability to exercise voting control.

The boardroom rift in the middle of the $26-billion takeover of Shaw Communications Inc. erupted after Mr. Rogers attempted to replace Rogers chief executive officer Joe Natale with chief financial officer Tony Staffieri and oust other members of the company’s leadership team. It pits Mr. Rogers against his mother, Loretta Rogers, and sisters Martha Rogers and deputy chair Melinda Rogers-Hixon. – Alexandra Posadzki, The Globe and Mail

Facebook fined $70M for flouting Giphy order made by UK watchdog

Facebook — or whatever name the tech giant picks for a reportedly looming rebrand of its data-mining empire as it seeks to teleport its business into the metaverse to escape the unending cavalcade of toxic publicity its execs generate — has a new “bad behavior” badge to sport: It’s just been fined nearly $70 million (£50.5 million) by a U.K. watchdog for deliberately withholding information related to ongoing antitrust oversight of its acquisition of US database and search enginge Giphy.– Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch

eBay billionaire Pierre Omidyar is backing the Facebook whistleblower

Omidyar is no stranger to the media, providing financial backing to The Intercept, for example, and the open internet advocacy group Public Knowledge. According to Politico, when asked to comment, his advocacy group Omidyar Network pointed to an unbylined blog post that went up today titled “In Support of Tech Whistleblowers Who are Holding Tech to Account.” – Richard Lawler, The Verge

Facebook, don’t change your name — change your CEO

As the world begins to truly contend with just how dangerous social media platforms can be, Facebook’s reckoning has been kicked into overdrive following former staffer Frances Haugen’s shocking allegations that the company has long known about its platform’s toxic effects on society — and has done little to try to fix them.  Now, amid this firestorm of criticism, the company has reportedly come up with a new public relations strategy: changing its name.  – Kara Alaimo, CNN

Trump to launch new social media platform TRUTH Social

Donald Trump’s team is making a big deal of this. Yet there’s no indication that the new company has a working platform yet. The new site is just a registration page. – BBC News

Ransomware gangs are complaining that other crooks are stealing their ransoms

For those scammers who think they’ve been scammed, there’s not a lot they can do (and few would have sympathy for them). One forum user suggested any attempt at dealing with this situation would be as useless as trying to arbitrate “against Stalin”. – Danny Palmer, ZDNet

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Media Release – November 26, 2021 – Guelph Police –



Stolen truck involved in two incidents

The Guelph Police Service is investigating after the same stolen pickup truck was involved in two separate incidents Thursday.

Approximately 2:40 p.m., a Guelph male called police to advise he had been involved in a road rage incident with two males in a blue Ford Ranger pickup. The caller advised he merged onto the Hanlon Expressway in front of the pickup at Speedvale Avenue West. The truck pulled alongside the caller’s vehicle and a passenger in the truck leaned out the window and used something similar to a metal pipe to smash the rear driver’s-side window of the caller’s vehicle.

Investigation revealed the Ford Ranger had been reported stolen from Wellington County. Anyone with information is asked to call Constable Robert Smith at 519-824-1212, ext. 7388, email him at, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at

Approximately four hours later, just after 7 p.m., police were called about an incident in the parking lot of a restaurant on Woodlawn Road West near Silvercreek Parkway North. A staff member advised a customer in the drive-through became upset about his order, driving erratically out of the parking lot and almost hitting two employees. The vehicle involved was determined to be the same blue Ford Ranger.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Constable Konrad Babol at 519-824-1212, ext. 7189, email him at or contact Crime Stoppers.

Male arrested in commercial break-in

A Guelph male was arrested Thursday in connection with a commercial break and enter earlier this month.

On November 13, two males forced their way into a business on Wellington Street West after using bolt cutters to remove a lock. Once inside they searched several offices and stole a quantity of electronics.

Investigation led to the identity of both suspects. One male was arrested last week and will next appear in court December 14.

On Thursday the second male was located at an address downtown and arrested. A 35-year-old Guelph male is charged with break and enter and breach of probation. He will appear in a Guelph bail court Friday.

Charges follow drive-through dispute

A Guelph male faces charges following a dispute in a south-end drive-through earlier this week.

Monday morning, approximately 6:35 a.m., there was an altercation between a motorist and a pedestrian at the drive-through window of a restaurant on Stone Road West. During the altercation, the motorist aggressively pulled forward so his vehicle was touching the pedestrian.

He also poured a bottle of water over her head and threatened to run her over. The pedestrian was not physically injured. The motorist was identified through surveillance video and Thursday turned himself in to the Guelph Police Service.

A 41-year-old Guelph male is charged with dangerous driving, assault and uttering threats. He will appear in a Guelph court December 31, 2021.

Copper stolen from south-end business

The Guelph Police Service is investigating the theft of a quantity of copper from a south-end business early Friday morning.

Approximately 2:25 a.m. police were called by an employee of a business on Southgate Drive. The employee advised he was watching live video surveillance of a male on the business property loading copper into the back of a blue Kia Soul.

Officers arrived 10 minutes later to find the gate to the property standing open but the suspect had already left. It is unknown how much copper was stolen.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Constable Firas El-Ayoubi at 519-824-1212, ext. 7129, email him at, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip for Crime Stoppers at

Total calls for service in the last 24 hours – 218

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In photos: a view of RCMP arrests of media, Indigenous land defenders on Wet’suwet’en territory – The Narwhal



In the pre-dawn morning on Friday, Nov. 19, Sleydo’ Molly Wickham, a wing chief in Cas Yikh house of the Gidimt’en clan, checks communications in a tiny house stationed next to a Coastal GasLink drill site along the Wedzin Kwa (Morice) River.

Although light hasn’t yet broken into the small wooden structure, Wickham is already performing media interviews. Her fellow supporters in the one-room structure begin to sit up as they hear Wickham tell a reporter that “several RCMP buses have been spotted coming up the hill.”

By afternoon an RCMP tactical team and specially trained officers with the Community-Industry Response Group is advancing on the small structure, with snipers and canine units at the ready. Shaylynn Sampson, a Gitxsan supporter, has her ear to the door, listening, when the action comes. She leaps back moments before an axe smashes the door, sending jagged shards of wood flying into the crowded space. A police dog barks and whines incessantly and a chainsaw snarls as RCMP continue to tear down the door.

Inside, five peaceful land defenders stand waiting for their inevitable arrest. They do not resist. They hold no weapons. An officer, armed with an assault rifle and clad in military-style gear, pushes the barrel of his gun through the broken door. 

“Lower your gun!” Wickham yells. “This is sovereign Wet’suwet’en land, you guys need to leave right now. You have no authority here.” Wickham asked the RCMP if they had a warrant to enter the residence. The RCMP responded they were entering under the authority of a Coastal GasLink injunction, secured against opponents of the 670-kilometre gas pipeline in December of 2019.

The RCMP’s use of force on this day will become roundly criticized as excessive as a response to a small collective of peaceful Indigenous pipeline opponents. More than 40 media outlets and press-freedom organizations have called on Canada’s Public Safety Minister, Marco Mendicino, to investigate the RCMP’s arrest of journalists and prevent them from taking place in the future.

In total, 15 people, including myself and documentary filmmaker Michael Toledano, were arrested that day and incarcerated by the RCMP for several nights under civil contempt of court charges. More than 30 individuals were arrested throughout the week. Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, who have staunchly opposed the construction of pipelines across their unceded territory in northern B.C., issued an eviction order against the company on Jan. 4, 2020, but work on the pipeline is ongoing.

Upon the arrests of media, RCMP officers confiscated recording devices, so the public has been unable to see documentary photos and footage of Friday’s arrest until recently.

Gitxsan supporter Wilpspoocxw Lax Gibuu (Shaylynne Sampson), left, and Sleydo’ Molly Wickham rest in the tiny house at Coyote camp in Gidimt’en territory near Houston, B.C., on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021.
Fireworks are set off from the heat of a fire at a barricade constructed on the road outside of Coyote camp on Thursday.
A structure built as a barricade was set aflame on Thursday, presumably to deter police from coming in as the sun was setting.
The tiny house residence at Coyote camp where RCMP officers arrested seven individuals, including two journalists on Friday, Nov. 19.
A Gidimt’en flag flies on the camp kitchen as the sun rises on Friday.
Wickham rises in the predawn to check communications and to take a media interview.
Media and supporters rise for the day in the tiny house. Documentary filmmaker Michael Toledano, left, was arrested by the RCMP, despite notifying officers he is a member of the media.
Wickham and Sampson start to plan for the day at the Coyote camp.
Militarized police move in to Coyote camp on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. The Gidimt’en clan held Coyote camp, adjacent to the Coastal GasLink pipeline right of way and a drill pad site, since Sept. 25, 2021. Coastal GasLink has had an injunction since December of 2019, preventing pipeline opponents from blocking access to their worksites and public forestry roads.
Wickham covers her face with a red hand print, to signify missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, as she waits for police.
Militarized police run to cut power, radio and internet supply to the tiny house prior to breaking down the door and conducting arrests.
Wickham and Sampson peer out to monitor police activity prior to their arrest.
Sampson stands at the door moments before police break it down with an axe and a chainsaw.
A piece of the door flies through the air as police breach the tiny house and arrest all who are inside.
Supporters keep their hands raised as officers enter the house.
An RCMP officer drags a woman in a small one-room cabin in Gidimt'en territory
RCMP officers lean over an individual lying on the ground as they perform arrests in a small one-room wooden structure in Gidimt'en territory
RCMP officers make arrests at Coyote Camp
A crowd of officers, including militarized police, wait in the courtyard outside of the tiny house dwelling as supporters and media are arrested.

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Canada’s Racial Equality Media Collective Issues Data Collection Recommendations for Race Reporting in Industry – Variety



The Racial Equality Media Collective (REMC), a Canadian non-profit representing BIPOC creators in the film, television and digital media industries, has issued recommendations on collecting accurate race-based data to aid diversity and inclusion initiatives.

The genesis for the recommendations was the commissioning of a report looking at data from government, funders, unions, broadcasters. After asking Nordicity to generate the report, the REMC were told there was not enough data to compile a quantitative analysis of the industry because of inadequate reporting practices within the organizations.

Instead, REMC turned their eye to reporting practices, identifying the barriers to collecting accurate data – such as prohibiting self-reporting and interpretations of Canada’s Privacy Act – and establishing a set of recommendations to encourage better reporting.

These include:

– A data system to store and manage data
– Making data accessible to BIPOC communities
– Consulting with BIPOC communities to create standards, targets and quotas.

As part of the recommendations, REMC has also urged the Canadian federal government to implement a bill that would “Formalize race-based data collection, set targets, demand accountability and ensure the community is reflected in leadership and policy design.”

They also recommend the equitable distribution of federal tax credits, which are a large source of funding for the Canadian film and TV industry, pointing out that these cannot be distributed equitably without accurate quantitative data.

“The promise of equity in Canada’s screen sector has only begun,” the REMC conclude. “The creation of a data collection system will be a multi-year process that the REMC is committed to. The REMC will continue to consult with BIPOC communities about the implementation of these recommendations and best practices. Further consultation is also required with francophone communities as well as digital and interactive producers. Our aim will be to publish these findings and more at the end of 2023.”

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