#48 Free Money For Being Old: A Guide To The Netflix Tax
CANADALAND
#48 Free Money For Being Old: A Guide To The Netflix Tax
The CBC, Ontario and Quebec say they want to tax Netflix to pay for CanCon TV. The Harper government says there will be no Neflix tax as long as they remain in power. They're all full of it. A Netflix tax is impossible. Journalist Steve Faguy explains why.

They’re all full of it.  A Netflix tax is impossible. Journalist Steve Faguy explains why.

Episode Rundown

The CBC and Ontario and Quebec say they want to tax Netflix, to pay for CanCon TV. The Harper government says there will be no Neflix tax as long as they remain in power.

They’re all full of it- a Netflix tax is impossible. Journalist Steve Faguy explains why.

00:00 The late Zip.ca (link)

01:50 So I guess it was like Redbox except I’ve never seen one (link)

02:00 Swing and a miss (link)

02:30 CRTC talking (and talking and talking) TV in Ottawa (link)

03:15 “The idea that is being put forth, not by CRTC but by the CBC, by the government of Quebec, now by the government of Ontario, by the Director’s Guild, by ACTRA (The actors union), by the Media Producers’ Association: the proposal is, “let’s tax Netflix and keep the Canadian system going to keep making CanCon TV shows.” Jesse

03:27 Keeping on taxing the better things so we can keep on making the garbage things (link)

04:27 Steve Faguy’s Fagstein blog, covering all the recent CRTC changes (link)

08:47 “It seems ridiculous to tax that (Netflix) to make that old stuff that nobody watched anyhow… It seems you’re just trying to slice something out of this new thing to keep this old dying thing limping along”  -Jesse

11:30 “I sincerely doubt any type of tax, whether it’s 5% or otherwise will actually be leveled on Netflix” -Faguy

14:07 “The CRTC, at least when it comes to television regulation, has to start preparing for itself to be rendered irrelevant. It has to start preparing to not have any regulation.” Faguy

14:44 “If you talk to the (CRTC) commisioners, they understand that, and they actually agree wtih that. I get the sense of frustration from them when you have these media players big and small coming to them and wanting more regulation and wanting to reduce consumer choice for example. They’re like, ‘in twenty years you’re not going to have any free rides.” Faguy

18:00 Speaking of good Canadian made internet TV. I’d highly recomend Just Passing Though (link)

19:42 “Should we just accept the American and Canadian culture as far as video is concerend will slowley meld together?” Faguy

21:25 “This is all about bureaucracy, this is about licencing and regulation, tax and funding. And legacy busines fighting tooth and nail to keep things as they were or at least to extract as much money as they can out of it.” Jesse

22:55 “At some point we’re going to get to the point where it makes more financial sense to get out of the system where you’re not dedicating a certain amount of your precentage to Canadian content or meet a bunch of regulatory requirements. But we’re a ways out and that’s why the CRTC has time to phase this regulation out instead of cutting it up all together because we’re still dependent on this system.” Faguy

25:50 “Companies can’t get free money for being old. That’s the probelm with the current system, it advantages channels that are just older than other ones. They’re going to have to prove to consumers that they’re worth paying for.” Faguy

September 14, 2014
More from this series
Non-disclosure agreements are incredibly common. But they protect abusers, and block journalism. They are also, as it turns out, often unenforceable. Zelda Perkins, who blew the whistle on Harvey Weinstein, has joined forces with law professor Julie Macfarlane to launch a global campaign against NDAs, called Can't Buy My Silence. 
September 13, 2021
With the election coming in two weeks, Jesse sits down for an interview with Tiffany Lam, producer of The Backbench, to discuss what kind of politics show her and Fatima are making and how a politics show can be fun, accessible and nutritious. The interview is followed by the most recent episode of The Backbench. Subscribe to The Backbench to be informed about the important issues of this election.
September 6, 2021
Last year there were 540,000 international students in Canada according to Immigrations Refugees and Citizenship Canada, IRCC. Many of these students came to Canada with one goal - permanent residency. 
August 30, 2021
Craig Kielburger was the Greta Thunberg of the 90s – a 12 year-old kid from the suburbs who dreamed of freeing the world’s children from slavery. His activism made him famous, and he was endorsed by Oprah, the Pope, the Queen, and the Clintons. His campaign became a global movement and a powerful brand. But right from the start, there were uncomfortable questions about money and exploitation. Decades later, it all came crashing down. But the seeds of WE’s self-destruction were planted right from the start…
August 23, 2021
Shad's Hip-Hop Evolution is an incredible piece of journalism that nobody is talking about.
August 16, 2021
In late 2020, FBI agents showed up at the New York home of activist and journalist Masih Alinejad, and told her that agents of the Iranian regime were plotting to kidnap her. Months later, an indictment from the US Department of Justice revealed details of the plot - including surveillance of her home and family, and a plan to take her to Venezuela by boat. But it also mentioned three people in Canada were also targets.
August 9, 2021
Teachers accused of abusing Indigenous children at Catholic schools are among us. John Furlong is quoted regularly in the press as the man leading a possible Vancouver bid for the 2030 Olympics. It's as if the people accusing him of physical and sexual abuse don't exist. Today we hear Jesse's original 2014 conversation with journalist Laura Robinson, who broke the Furlong story, and an update about all that has happened since, and why the upcoming tribunal on the case may be different.
August 2, 2021
Ryerson University (aka X University) has a Journalism department in turmoil over student grievances. As similar reckonings sweep Canada's other J-Schools, Jesse sits down with departing Ryerson Prof Karyn Pugliese and former Undergraduate Director Lisa Taylor to discuss why they both left their posts. Then, reporter Cherise Seucharan talks to Ryerson alum Sarah Krichel and student Reah Singh, an organizer of the open letter that became national news.
July 26, 2021
all podcasts arrow All Podcasts
CANADALAND