The government’s decision to prorogue Parliament and launch a new legislative agenda later this month offers more than just an opportunity to recalibrate economic priorities in light of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Less than 12 months after the 2019 national election, Canada’s digital policy agenda has gone off the rails and is badly in need of a reboot.
The Liberals identified consumer telecom pricing, privacy protection and a modernized internet legal framework as priorities, but have struggled to develop an effective approach. – Michael Geist, The Globe and Mail
Details for now remain sketchy but Now magazine’s cofounder announced Friday on Facebook that he is launching a new “hyper-local arts” magazine on Nov. 26. The gloss, four-colour monthly will have separate city editions in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. Private capital is backing him in the venture. More to come.
Spotify shares fell 1.2% on Wednesday after Amazon announced that it’s adding podcasts to its music streaming service.
Users in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Japan will be able to stream podcasts for free across all tiers of Amazon Music, the company said. Amazon Music offers users a range of paid and free, ad-supported options to access the service. Amazon Prime customers also get access to more than 2 million songs ad-free as part of their $119-per-year membership. – Annie Palmer, CNBC
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in an interview on Fox Business Network that the ban would initially impact WeChat and TikTok will be allowed to function until 11/12. “The only real change as of Sunday night will be users won’t have access to improved updated apps, upgraded apps or maintenance,” Ross said. – Hits Daily Double
In February, the Trump administration argued before the Supreme Court that Microsoft’s decade-long legal case against Oracle be dismissed. This recommendation came on the same day as Trump’s fundraiser at Ellison’s Coachella Valley home. – Debanjali Bose, Business Insider
“Twitter said it will send a push notification to every member of Congress, officials running for office, U.S. governors, secretaries of state and some U.S. news outlets and political journalists. The alert will ask these people to turn on two-factor authentication and review their password.” – Kurt Wagner, Bloomberg
BC's digital media sector suffering from COVID-19 – Technology – Business in Vancouver
With so many people in the pandemic economy restricted to watching movies or playing video games at home, it might seem surprising that British Columbia’s largest digital arts companies experienced a larger decline in employment than the province as a whole, according to data collected on BIV’s list of the biggest digital arts companies in B.C.
Across B.C., employment has recovered significantly from its lows in April and May, but it was still down 3.7% in September compared with February.
Meanwhile, the decline in employment at the province’s top digital arts companies since 2019 has averaged 4.6%.
Their median employment decline was significantly higher at 8.9%, suggesting that smaller companies lower on the list suffered more job losses during the pandemic compared with their larger counterparts higher on the list.
While companies lower on the list may have struggled more through the past year, the same can’t be said for the preceding four years.
Since 2016, the median number of B.C. employees at the province’s top digital arts companies jumped 88.9% to 255 in 2020 from 135 in 2016.
Before the pandemic struck, the median had more than doubled, increasing 107.4% to 280 in 2019.
During the same period, the average increased 12.5% to 384.7 in 2019 from 342.1 in 2016.
The largest company on the list, Electronic Arts, which produces many high profile videogames, including NHL and Star Wars, recorded the largest one-year employment drop on the list. Its number of employees decreased 37.6% to 1,300 in 2020 from 2,085 in 2019.
However, the list’s average one-year employment was up slightly (0.2%), which suggests that large companies with big employee declines dragged the list’s average overall employment level down. •
Media Invitation: National Capital Commission launching first call to developers for exceptional site in Ottawa – GlobeNewswire
LeBreton Flats – Library Parcel
October 30, 2020
OTTAWA, Oct. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The National Capital Commission (NCC) invites the media to a teleconference briefing on Friday, October 30, 2020, at 1 p.m. EST to discuss the launch of the request for qualifications (RFQ) toward the development of the Library Parcel at LeBreton Flats.
This media opportunity follows the first call to developers for innovative proposals toward a net-zero carbon and socially inclusive development of the LeBreton Flats Library Parcel in Canada’s Capital.
The news release announcing the launch, as well as the RFQ document, will be posted on Friday morning.
MEDIA BRIEFING BY TELECONFERENCE
|When:||Friday, October 30, 2020, 1 p.m. EST|
|Who:||Katie Paris, Director, Building LeBreton, National Capital Commission|
Registration is required before 11 a.m. EST on October 30. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
B-roll footage and high-resolution visuals of the Library Parcel are also available upon request.
NCC Media Relations
BBC warns staff not to bring corporation 'into disrepute' over social media use – Yahoo Canada Sports
‘Don’t bring the BBC into disrepute,’ staff warned in new social media rules
New guidance bans employees from expressing personal opinions on current political debate
Journalists, meanwhile, are even given advice on how to use emojis
It comes as part of new boss Tim Davie’s crusade to maintain corporation’s impartiality
BBC staff have been warned not to bring the corporation “into disrepute” on social media.
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="New rules policing employees’ use of sites such as Twitter have been imposed as part of new boss Tim Davie’s crusade to maintain the corporation’s impartiality.” data-reactid=”39″>New rules policing employees’ use of sites such as Twitter have been imposed as part of new boss Tim Davie’s crusade to maintain the corporation’s impartiality.
Under the guidance, journalists have been subjected to specific rules which ban “expressing a personal opinion on matters of public policy, politics, or controversial subjects”.
As part of this, reporters have also been warned against “virtue signalling” – “no matter how apparently worthy the cause”.
This includes retweets, likes or joining online campaigns which could “indicate a personal point of view”.
The rules even extend to the use of emojis which “can accidentally, or deliberately undercut an otherwise impartial post”.
Journalists have been told: “Nothing should appear on your personal social media accounts that undermine the perception of the BBC’s integrity or impartiality.”
There is also an instruction for all staff not to “express a view on any policy which is a matter of current political debate or on a matter of public policy, political or industrial controversy, or any other controversial subject”.
Gary Lineker, the Match of the Day presenter who is the corporation’s highest-paid employee, has been known for using his Twitter account for outspoken attacks on the government – a point of such contention that it was discussed at a House of Commons select committee last month.
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="High-profile BBC journalists such as political editor Laura Kuennsberg have also been accused of biased Twitter posts, though the corporation has never found her in breach of impartiality rules for something she has posted on social media.” data-reactid=”69″>High-profile BBC journalists such as political editor Laura Kuennsberg have also been accused of biased Twitter posts, though the corporation has never found her in breach of impartiality rules for something she has posted on social media.
Meanwhile, the following social media rules will apply to all staff:
Always behave professionally, treating others with respect and courtesy at all times: follow the BBC’s Values
Don’t bring the BBC into disrepute
Don’t criticise your colleagues in public. Respect the privacy of the workplace and the confidentiality of internal announcements
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Watch: New BBC boss threatens to suspend employees’ Twitter accounts” data-reactid=”75″>Watch: New BBC boss threatens to suspend employees’ Twitter accounts
The BBC warned breaches of the rules “may lead to disciplinary action” and even “possible termination of employment in serious circumstances”.
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Appearing before MPs last month, Davie raised the prospect of suspending employees’ Twitter accounts for impartiality breaches, though there is no mention of that in the new guidance.” data-reactid=”81″>Appearing before MPs last month, Davie raised the prospect of suspending employees’ Twitter accounts for impartiality breaches, though there is no mention of that in the new guidance.
Davie took over as director general at the beginning of September with a warning that it is time to “renew” the corporation’s commitment to impartiality: a constant source of controversy surrounding the BBC.
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