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By CMG  •  Posted on April 15, 2016

It’s hard to underestimate the importance of what is happening south of the border when it comes to labour. 40 thousand workers at communications giant Verizon walked off the job this week – many of them members of the CWA, the union with which the CMG is affiliated.

By CMG  •  Posted on February 24, 2016

The media industry is in turmoil. By CMG’s rough calculation, the industry has lost more than 16,000 jobs since 2008. A recent study predicts another 15,000 jobs will be lost by 2020 in television alone. Cuts, even closures have become routine and are having a devastating impact on workers and families.

By CMG  •  Posted on January 22, 2016

Signs that times are getting even tougher in the news business are everywhere. We are long past the canary-in-the-coal mine alarm,  and are now watching a crisis unfold. Recent cuts and newsroom mergers across Canada at Postmedia papers – putting … Read more »

By CMG  •  Posted on December 1, 2015

We must now return control of CBC and Radio‐Canada to the people. Now, more than ever, we need a strong public broadcaster – a solid and vigorous foundation for information and culture in the digital age.

By CMG  •  Posted on October 7, 2015

  I am often asked to speak to groups about the media business and the future of public broadcasting. Recently I was invited by the community group Why Should I Care to talk about the value public broadcasting and the challenges … Read more »

By CMG  •  Posted on October 2, 2015

The future health and viability of the CBC, as Canada’s public broadcaster, is an issue on which the parties are truly differentiating themselves. Voters have a clear choice on October 19. And even though three of four party leaders have been pleased to talk about it, they don’t get a lot of media attention when they do so.

By CMG  •  Posted on September 29, 2015

For decades, the CBC’s TV, radio, and online programming, along with other initiatives such as the CBCMusic.ca Festival, have provided a platform for Canadian artists to reach a larger audience. It’s often the first, and sometimes only, outlet that will play their music and conduct interviews for a national audience. It’s a vital part of the music ecosystem in this country.

By CMG  •  Posted on September 21, 2015

A welcome trend created headlines and a buzz in media circles this summer.  Journalists and media colleagues at five  U.S. workplaces including several high-profile digital media organizations voted to join unions. Over a few sunny summer months, 118 writers at … Read more »

By CMG  •  Posted on September 8, 2015

As a leader who represents thousands of journalists, I have said repeatedly that I cannot support one political party over another. But that doesn’t mean we must sit idly by and ignore attacks on the interests of our members, the 99% and democracy. When a government, political party or any group attacks the common good, we will stand up, speak out and fight back.

By CMG  •  Posted on August 26, 2015

We are saddened by the tragic events in Virginia, and the shocking killing of two news staff. We know journalism has  become one of the most dangerous occupations globally with over 70 media workers targeted and killed since the beginning … Read more »

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