News has just broken that Bell has bought outright the entire assets of Astral media. This means that the popular News Talk 1010 is now owned by Bell. Definitely showing that convergence is not dead in Canada. It will be interesting to see how this will play out in the media landscape and if Rogers or Telus will make any moves on the media front in Canada.
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Canada is moving toward a far-reaching free trade agreement with the European Union that advocates say will end a long-standing dependency on the U.S. market.
While the specifics of the agreement haven’t been discussed, Canadian and European officials could begin negotiating as soon as October 17, just three days after Canada’s federal election.
Canada’s Trade Minister, Michael Fortier and his staff have been in talks with EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson and European government officials for the past two months. Recently a senior EU official involved said the talks aimed at starting “deep economic integration negotiations,” reported the Globe and Mail.
If the deal goes ahead, Canada would be the first developed country outside the EU to have the kind of access to those markets normally reserved for EU members.
“Its one of the best things we could do, the best thing we could do for our country,” said Jason Langrish, executive director of the Canada Europe Roundtable, a group working to promote Canada-Europe trade.
While critics of NAFTA, the free trade agreement Canada already has with the U.S., may denounce the agreement as only furthering the interests of large corporations, Langrish said that opposition will likely be less than there was to NAFTA.
“This is a very good way for us to offset our relationship with the U.S.”
Langrish said deeper integration with the EU would give Canadian exporters running into trouble with American protectionism another option. He said Canada often comes to the trade table with the U.S. with a weak hand because American officials know Canada has nowhere else to go.
He adds that we would be dealing with an economic block that has the same social and cultural values as Canada, such as state-funded healthcare.
Langrish also said it would give Canada a technological leg-up because we would get Europe’s green technology.
That could include tidal energy and wind technology, as well as public transport.
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To all the believers, this one is for you! Hypocrisies….What’s new, eh?
Mat 7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye….
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CITY-TV’s iconic street level studios are moving. The television station’s new parent announced they will be leaving their long-time residence at 299 Queen Street West for a new location on Dundas Square. Yesterday, Rogers Communications announced it had entered into an agreement to buy the Olympic Torch building at 35 Dundas St. East.
I do not want to believe that they are actually moving to there new location, however since the CRTC felt that they could not own both CFTO and CITY-TV they had to go to Rogers. I did not expect Bell to give up the “hallowed” location of 299 Queen Street West. Its unfortunate, however I wonder how this will affect City-TV personalities that work for City-TV and other enterprises such as Bravo, FashionTelevision and others. In some ways I was surprised that the CRTC did not allow Bell to choose, which station to give up. I am sure that they would have given up CFTO, but in the end this may be the best possible situation. We could not expect Rogers to continue to run City-TV from 299 Queen Street West. Being near “Dundas Square” may actual bring some change to the station and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the City-TV gang.
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