Canadian news media caught in crossfire between feds and tech giants

By Brenda Sawatzky  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter On June 22, the federal government passed a bill that has the potential to forever change how millions of Canadians access news. For journalists and news agencies across the country, both large and small, this could mark the end of an era. Bill C-18, also known as the Online News Act, introduces new rules requiring that tech giants such as Google and Meta negotiate deals with Canadian media companies to financially compensate them for the stories that get posted on their online forums. Meta is the parent company of social media platforms Facebook and Instagram. Google is far and away the most prevalent search engine in the western world. The bill was first introduced in Parliament in April 2022 as a means to…

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