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In light of Media Democracy day on November 19th, the Saskatchewan Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is pleased to release "Decolonizing the Media: Challenges and Obstacles on the Road to Reconciliation" by Dr. Patricia Elliott of the University of Regina School of Journalism. 
La présente étude se concentre sur l’ascension des nouveaux médias, en contexte de déréglementation et de sous-taxation, entre le milieu et la fin des années 2000. Les services médiatiques sur Internet, et en particulier des services de télévision par contournement (TPC) tels que Netflix et YouTube, qui n’ont pas de présence physique au Canada, profitent d'un avantage inéquitable sur les nouveaux services en ligne canadiens, puisqu’ils n’ont pas l’obligation de percevoir les taxes sur la valeur ajoutée et ne paient pas d’impôt sur le revenu au Canada. Le Canada perd des centaines de million
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We can all relate to Charlie Chaplin in his classic film Modern Times. As the Little Tramp falls behind on the production line, the conveyor belt pulls him into the factory’s cogs. We might laugh as he winds through the gears, but we too are working in a factory of sorts. It is a vast factory assembling our attention and its output affects how we produce and consume culture. 
In the so-called sharing economy, new technological platforms are exploiting regulatory gaps under the banner of progress. Corporate heads are taking advantage of this and good jobs are disappearing. We’ve seen a version of this experiment in the recent past. Before Uber, there were unpaid internships, layoffs and downsizing, and start-up agencies vying for a piece of the traditional journalism pie. Together, they transformed the industry in a process that continues today.