CANADALAND

The Trudeau government failed to hit the refugee targets promised during the election campaign, but maybe Canadians would rather just feel nice about ourselves again. Elsewhere, reporters are using cringeworthy semi-nude photos and salacious language to accompany stories on sex abuse. Buzzfeed's Lauren Strapagiel schools Jesse with magical results.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 6:01pm EST

It's a brutal time for the Canadian television industry and it's about to get worse. After March 1st, the CRTC is forcing television cable providers to offer consumers a "skinny basic" package capped at $25 or less. By the end of 2016, all specialty channels will be offered on a "pick and pay" basis. This new structure threatens to eliminate niche channels that have been supported by the bundling system, and in turn, will impact the amount of money spent on CANCON. VMedia Executive George Burger discusses the shifting landscape of Canadian television - from the internet, to cable and beyond.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:28pm EST