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Home Policy Articles: Media & Communications

Every day, Canadians rely on the media to keep them informed on what’s happening in the world around them. The way in which information is communicated is often controversial, as new technology replaces more traditional forms of communication. The debates surrounding media and communications policy centre on media regulation, technological advances such as the internet and satellite communication, and legislation affecting all of these issues. will keep you informed on the latest developments in media and communications policy.



Canada’s Democratic Malaise: Are the Media to Blame?

Nadeau and Giasson point out that a number of authors maintain a connection exists between media coverage of politics and declining levels of trust in politicians and political institutions. They argue, however, that conclusions about this purported co-relationship are mixed, when an extensive review of this claim is undertaken. The authors suggest that although it is difficult to establish a direct link between media coverage and increasing levels of public cynicism, an ever-widening gap exists between what would be viewed as the ideal way to cover politics and current journalistic practices.

Cashing in on Canadian Connectedness: The Move to Demonstrating Value

The Conference Board of Canada has ranked Canada second in its ‘Connectedness Index,’ behind the United States. The Conference Board defines connectedness as the availability and use of information and communication technologies and associated services to facilitate communications, interactions and transactions, whenever and wherever.

Do we still need to regulate telephone services?

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has ruled there is insufficient competition in the telecommunications industry. In December 2003 the CRTC proposed handicaps on the traditional telephone monopolies in order to allow new companies to enter the market.

Dynamic Competition in Telecommunications: Implications for Regulatory Policy

Neil Quigley begins his report by noting that in recent years the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has adopted a range of policy initiatives designed to: a) promote the entry of new firms into the business of providing wireline local access telephone services; and, b) increase the number of viable competitors in that market. Quigley supports the CRTC’s own assessment that despite its efforts, competition on these fronts is limited in the largest urban centres – and virtually nonexistent outside them.

Going Mobile—Slowly: How Wireline Telephone Regulation Slows Cellular Network Development

Neil Quigley and Margaret Sanderson address the issue of Canada’s poor cellular capacity and the unwillingness of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to evolve regulations as times change.

Seeking Convergence in Policy and Practice: Communications in the Public Interest Volume 2

This book is only available for purchase from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). This collection of articles, edited by Marita Moll and Leslie Regan-Shade, examines public communication policy over the last decade.

Telmex Panel Strips WTO of Another Fig Leaf

In April 2004, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled in favour of the US against how Mexico regulates Telmex, the country’s major telecommunications supplier. In this brief report, Ellen Gould examines this dispute panel ruling in which the US successfully claimed that Mexico was violating the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).

The Schumpeterian Wave in Telecommunications: Public Policy Implications

Yves Rabeau argues that the emergence of digital information and the Internet represents a major innovation which has revolutionized the telecommunications industry.

Using Protection Motivation Theory to Increase the Persuasiveness of Public Service Communications

We have all seen the public service announcements advocating for changes in behaviour from preventing obesity to abstaining from drinking and driving. But how do we determine which announcements will be the most effective in changing public attitudes and behaviour?

Whither the CBC? The Future of Public Broadcasting in Canada: A Discussion Paper

In this paper, Bill Neville, a former member of the CBC board of directors, analyzes the future of CBC television.