Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fifteenth NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fifteenth NewsWatch-

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(Cultural-Review-Media) (Audio: P13)

Calling it a snub to so-called legacy media, the chair of News Media Canada says today's announcement from the federal government about a new cultural renaissance is leaving the country's struggling newspaper industry "on its own."

Bob Cox has been lobbying the government for a boost to the Canadian Periodical Fund, which supports magazines, periodicals, and local newspapers.

But Heritage Minister Melanie Joly today said that rather than bailing out industry models that are no longer viable, the government will focus on supporting innovation, experimentation and the transition to digital platforms. (15)

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(SCOC-Price-Fixing)

A spokeswoman for Canada's Competition Bureau says today's decision by the Supreme Court denying access to the chief investigator and their evidence of gas price fixing in Quebec is a welcome one.

Lawyers filing a class-action lawsuit against oil companies and fuel retailers in Quebec had been hoping to interview the bureau's investigator and have access to their evidence, including 220-thousand wiretap conversations.

The government argued federal law gives the Crown immunity from having to testify or provide documents in a lawsuit. (15)

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(Foote-Commons-Farewell)

Newfoundland and Labrador M-P Judy Foote said her final goodbyes to the House of Commons today.

The former cabinet minister and two-time breast cancer survivor is stepping down to spend more time with her family.

Foote says she inherited the cancer-causing BRCA-2 gene and passed it on to two of her three children.

That is why she is urging M-Ps to enshrine protection against genetic discrimination in human rights law. …

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