Magazines Canada appears before Parliamentary Committee on review of Canada Post Corporation
In June 2016, the Honourable Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, launched a review of the Canada Post Corporation. The Minister appointed a four-person independent Task Force to draft a discussion paper with options for the future of the postal carrier. The Task Force’s paper was released in early September. The review process has now been taken up by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates, which is conducting a study of Canada Post. Magazines Canada submitted its views to the independent Task Force as it drafted its discussion paper over the summer, and on September 27 in Toronto, Magazines Canada President and CEO Matthew Holmes appeared before the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates to present Magazines Canada’s issues and concerns related to Canada Post.
Despite Canadian magazines’ economic contribution and committed readership, Magazines Canada members face “a financial and logistical bottleneck of their principal means of reaching their clientele,” Holmes told the committee. Holmes stressed that, as “a major mail system user group and key stakeholder, Canadian magazines believe the review of Canada Post must include a thorough assessment of Canada Post’s Publications Mail practices.”
The study will result in a report to be presented in the House of Commons in December 2016.
Magazines Canada members participate in federal cultural policy review
On September 27 in Vancouver, Magazines Canada members Dance International, represented by editor Kaija Pepper, and Ricepaper, represented by executive editor Allan Cho, were invited by the office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, to attend a technical briefing for industry stakeholders following the first of six planned roundtable discussions with the Minister as part of the review of federal cultural policy, entitled Canadian Content in a Digital World. The remaining five roundtables are taking place in Halifax, Toronto, Nunavut, Montreal and Edmonton.
Magazines Canada members have until November 25 to have your say and get involved in this important review, including via an online portal and via #DigiCanCon. We encourage you to read the discussion paper, also.
Magazines Canada President and CEO Matthew Holmes was invited by the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport (Ontario) to participate in another roundtable regarding the review of federal cultural policy as it affects the cultural sector in Ontario. The roundtable was held on September 28 in Toronto.
Canadian magazine media at the table for federal export consultations
Increasing Canadian cultural exports and promoting Canadian culture in global markets is a key aspect of the federal review of cultural policy. On September 30, a number of Magazines Canada members participated in a conference call roundtable with officials from the Department of Canadian Heritage to discuss opportunities for Canadian magazine media in the export arena.